B. Reformatting

Key Indicator 4: Microfilming

The percentage of their state/territory’s hard copy newspaper titles which ANPlan libraries estimate they have been able to microfilm ranges from 45 to 100%. Over the past year, this estimated percentage has risen most markedly for national newspapers which have all now been microfilmed.[1] The percentage of these microfilmed newspapers which have been filmed to current preservation standards[2] is very high for most states and territories.

A list of Australian newspaper titles microfilmed in 2012/13 is given in Appendix E.

 Percentage of hard copy newspaper titles microfilmed

Table for Key Indicator 4 Graph 1 Percentage of Hard copy Newspaper titles microfilmed

state / territory

% microfilmed

% microfilmed to current standards

ACT

71

69.58

NSW

97

96.03

NT

100

97

QLD

95

57

SA

66

66

TAS

95

95

VIC

45

25

WA

50

50

National

100

0

 

 progress over the past 4 years

Table for Key Indicator 4 Graph 2 Percentage of Hard copy Newspaper titles microfilmed: progress over the past four years

State / Territory

% microfilmed June 2010

% microfilmed June 2011

% microfilmed June 2012

% microfilmed June 2013

ACT

53

62

80

71

NSW

96

96.8

97

97

NT

95

95

95

100

QLD

60

55

55

95

SA

47

49

66

66

TAS

95

95

95

95

VIC

   

45

45

WA

45

50

50

50

National

60

60

60

100

 

Five Year Plan reporting: Progress over 2012/13 with preserving ‘at risk’ titles has included the completion of the filming of the Evening Journal (Adelaide, 1869-1912) and the commencement of filming the Journal (Adelaide; 1912-1923). Of the 148 ‘at risk’ newspapers listed in the Five Year Plan (2010-2015; Appendix A), 88 have been microfilmed, two have been filmed for part of the designated date range and 58 are yet to be filmed.

Key Indicator 5: Digitisation

The number of digitised newspapers which are being made accessible through Trove, for at least some of their life date range, has been grown rapidly, reaching 473 at the end of June  2013. A comparison of the total number of newspapers accessible through Trove from June 2009 to June  2013 is shown graphically below. 

 Comparison of the total number of newspaper titles digitised and accessible through Trove in June 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

Table for Key Indicator 5 Graph 1 Comparison of the total number of newspaper titles digitised and accessible through Trove in June 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
State / Territory

Jun-2009

Jun-2010

Jun-2011

Jun-2012

Jun-2013

ACT

1

1

2

5

5

NSW

2

6

35

58

171

NT

1

2

8

8

8

QLD

4

5

14

37

43

SA

2

3

10

17

32

TAS

9

12

20

27

27

VIC

2

3

37

106

158

WA

6

6

12

24

28

National

0

0

0

0

1

 

Titles of all Australian newspapers known to be digitised at 30 June 2013 are given in Appendices F (titles accessible through Trove) and G (titles known to be digitised but not available through Trove). The total number of newspapers which have been digitised, but are not available through Trove, is 48 (last year: 50).[3]

Five year plan reporting: A goal of the revised Five Year Plan (Appendix A) is to develop guidelines and standards for digitising newspapers for preservation purposes and to influence the development and promote the adoption of best practice guidelines in digital preservation to ensure permanent access to digitised and digital newspapers. The NLA provides specifications for those wishing to contribute digitised newspaper material to Trove.

A goal of the current Five Year Plan (Appendix A) is to contribute all digitised newspaper content to the ANDP as outlined in the NLA’s Contributor Guidelines. The number of newspapers digitised outside this framework has now decreased due to two titles which have become available on Trove. 

  Total number of newspapers digitised

Table for Key Indicator 5 Graph 2 Total number of newspapers digitised
State / Territory

Accessible through Trove at June 2013

Not accessible through Trove at June 2013

ACT

5

0

NSW

171

1

NT

8

1

QLD

43

1

SA

32

11

TAS

27

4

VIC

158

30

WA

28

0

National

1

0

 

A goal of the current Five Year Plan is to provide and maintain digital access to those titles and corresponding date ranges listed in the ANDP, Phase 1. Of the 107 titles listed, 105 have been completed (according to microfilm availability). The remaining two include one which is partially complete and one which is yet to be digitised.


[1] The substantial changes from last year in the number of Queensland and ACT newspaper titles reported to be microfilmed is due to a re-evaluation of the way this figure is calculated. The SLSA has also re-evaluated its method of calculating this percentage and has therefore revised previous year’s figures. SLQ notes that its capacity to reformat legal deposit newspapers received over the last year has not kept pace with newspapers lodged at the SLQ.

[2] i.e. microfilmed onto polyester with three generations of microfilm produced and of a quality suitable to support subsequent digitisation and OCR.

[3] Two newspapers previously listed, the Border Watch (1910-1912) and the Southern Argus (1866-1913) have now been made available through Trove. Two titles included in the list of 48, St Arnaud Mercury and Moorabbin News have part of their date range (1914-1918) available on Trove.