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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title SHAX: The Semantic Historical Archive eXplorer
Organization Unit
  • Michael Feldman
  • Shen Gao
  • Marc Novel
  • Katerina Papaioannou
  • Abraham Bernstein
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Event Title The 13th International Semantic Web Conference
Event Type conference
Event Location Riva del Garda, Trentino, Italy
Event Start Date October 19 - 2014
Event End Date October 23 - 2014
Place of Publication Heidelberg
Publisher s.n.
Abstract Text Newspaper archives are some of the richest historical doc- ument collections. Their study is, however, very tedious: one needs to physically visit the archives, search through reams of old, very fragile pa- per, and manually assemble cross-references. We present Shax, a visual newspaper-archive exploration tool that takes large, historical archives as an input and allows interested parties to browse the information included in a chronological or geographic manner so as to re-discover history. We used Shax on a selection of the Neue Zu ̈rcher Zeitung (NZZ)—the longest continuously published German newspaper in Switzerland with archives going back to 1780. Specifically, we took the highly noisy OCRed text segments, extracted pertinent entities, geolocation, as well as temporal information, linked them with the Linked Open Data cloud, and built a browser-based exploration platform. This platform enables users to interactively browse the 111906 newspaper pages published from 1910 to 1920 and containing historic events such as World War I (WWI) and the Russian Revolution. Note that Shax is neither limited to this newspaper nor to this time-period or language but exemplifies the power in combining semantic technologies with an exceptional dataset.
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