Where do the digitised newspapers come from?
How Trove's digitised newspapers are chosen
20 June 2014
Where do the digitised newspapers in Trove come from? The following chart, prepared by Paul Hagon, Senior Web Designer at the National Library, shows the number of digitised newspapers on Trove originating from a particular place of publication by the size of each bubble.
While you might rightly expect the state and territory capitals to have the largest bubbles, regional Victoria also has lots of coverage – due to a project supported by the State Library of Victoria and the Public Libraries Victoria Network focusing on the digitisation of Victorian newspapers from the World War I years.
The opportunity that the National Library provides libraries, community groups and other organisations to sponsor the digitisation of newspapers through its contributor model has proved popular. Sponsors have included state and territory libraries, local councils and libraries, historical societies, universities, newspaper publishers, and local businesses. They have allowed the Library to digitise a lot more newspapers to build on our own ongoing program.
The National Library's own ongoing program is to digitise significant Australian newspapers selected by the state and territory libraries who are members of the Australian Newspaper Plan, a collaboration which aims to collect and preserve all Australian newspapers for permanent access. Suggestions made by members of the public through the National Library's online suggest-a-title form are taken into account. Recent additions under this program have included the Newcastle Morning Herald, the Australasian, Queensland Country Life, the Port Pirie Recorder and the Westralian Worker. Launceston's Daily Telegraph and two Chinese-language newspapers, the Chinese Australian Herald and the Chinese Times are planned for later in the year.
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