Research Community Video Series: Scouring Historical Bulgarian Newspapers


Access and preservation have been two main drivers since the onset of mass digitization. In its early days, people were delighted to see digitized images of objects from collections located thousands of miles away. However, today the concept of access is complex and encompasses the need for advanced search tools to support content discovery in large digital collections.

This video (available in both English and Bulgarian) illustrates how the demands of users (in this case researchers) can be met through digital collections of journals and tools to improve access to them. In particular, it shows the ongoing work on Bulgarian newspapers within the framework of the DISTILL project, funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund. The project also addresses the issue of different spelling; someone fluent in modern Bulgarian could read most of a 100-year-old text, but could not generate all the potential spellings of a search phrase to match the different conventions.

Essentially, the video is about collaboration and shows how the larger context of eInfrastructures can make it possible in the form of large-scale European projects. It also offers an example of how students can be involved in the development of additional research tools for research.


Concept: Dr Milena Dobreva

Participants (in order of appearance): Assoc. Prof. Petya Barkalova (Dr Sci), Ivan Kratchanov, Angel Beshirov, Suzan Hadzhieva, Prof. Ivan Koychev, Prof. Kiril Simov, Prof. Antoine Doucet, Dimitar Minev

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