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Making Digital Newspaper Collections Easy
July 2018 Veridian Newsletter
What's in this Newsletter?
The Swiss National Library:  E-Newspaper Archives now live
Featured Collection:
The Virginia Chronicle
On a Grand Scale: Why we welcome large projects
Join our online community: Veridian on Facebook & Twitter

Hello friend of Veridian, read on for all the latest news from the team at Veridian!

The Swiss National Library: E-Newspaper Archives now live
We're pleased to announce that the Swiss National Library's new digital newspaper project is now live! This was accomplished by the combined effort of the Swiss National Library project team, Swiss canton partners, RERO server administrators, and Veridian engineers.

Veridian was chosen as the new platform for this important archive, which saw institutions combine resources to create a central presentation of digitized Swiss press. The process involved the migration of the archive from Olive Software to the Veridian platform.

With the key aims of ensuring the content was simple to find, easy to use and gave increased public engagement and research opportunities, Veridian was a great fit. Our team worked over 7 months to migrate 3.3 million pages of PrXML data from Olive Software to the standard METS/ALTO format. We also optimized the Veridian platform to deliver the best user experience in 4 different languages.

We're very proud to be a part of this great project and are looking forward to seeing the collection grow larger in the coming years. Visit the Swiss National Library's newspaper archive here.

Featured collection: The Virginia Chronicle hits 1,000,000 pages
A big congratulations to our partner the Library of Virginia on reaching the milestone of 1,000,000 pages for their Virginia Chronicle collection. We have been working together on the development and maintenance of the collection since 2012. It is a wonderful repository of historic newspapers from Virginia.
issues of The Monocle for a fascinating look at the life of Richmond’s teenagers through history, or an extensive list of newspapers from the Civilian Conservation Corps camps. These offer a glimpse into the lives of young men, some WWI veterans, as they lived in camps designed to put them to work during the Depression.

With much
more to explore and new pages to be added in the future, this collection is one to watch.
On a Grand Scale: Why we welcome large projects
Since Veridian was initially designed for very large newspaper digitization projects, the ability to scale well is one of the cornerstones of the design.
Supporting very large projects, especially newspapers with huge amounts of imperfect text, is not easy. Anyone who has tried to create a large project using a multi-purpose content management system will attest to that! A number of newspaper digitization projects using Veridian have now grown to several million pages, without any performance issues.

Our ability to scale up to these large collections sets us apart in the field. There are a lot of systems that can handle 50,000 or perhaps 500,000 objects, but very few can handle 5 million as Veridian can. In fact, at Veridian we never consider a digitization project to be "finished". Getting it online is just the first step. After that the collection needs to be nurtured and maintained, it needs to attract visitors and it needs to encourage those visitors to really engage with the content as it grows.

Contact the Veridian team to find out how we can help make the most of your next digitization project.
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