Team: Olivia Vane, Kasra Hosseini and Giorgia Tolfo
Developed for Living with Machines
British and Irish Newspapers: A title-level list of British, Irish, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies newspapers held by the British Library. Dataset credit: British Library Contemporary British and Collections Metadata teams
D3 JS viz in a Python Jupyter notebook demo on Github
Press Picker: visualising formats and title name changes in the British Library’s newspaper holdings, Living with Machines blog
The British Library holds over 700 million pages of historical newspapers. As this collection is digitised, how can we balance cost, speed, and historical interest when choosing which titles to digitise next? Developed as part of the Living with Machines project, Press Picker is a new tool for making sense of the British Library's newspaper holdings.
To complicate things, newspapers sometimes change their name through time. For example, The Athletic Reporter in 1886 becomes The Reporter, which in 1888 becomes The Midland Counties Reporter and General Advertiser, which in 1889 becomes The Reporter and General Advertiser, which in 1890 becomes The Coventry Reporter and General Advertiser. Title name changes are pretty common in this collection. Press Picker helps to make this clear by bringing together connected titles with a branching design to the left.