CDCS Director is Co-Investigator on Award-Nominated ‘Oceanic Exchanges Ontologies’ Project
Professor Melissa Terras, Director of the Centre for Data, Culture & Society, is part of a team of nearly 40 international researchers working on a project that has been nominated for Loughborough University CALIBRE Award in International Research Collaboration.
As part of the broader Oceanic Exchanges project, Dr Melodee Beals and Dr Emily Bell (Loughborough University) led the two-year ‘Oceanic Exchanges Ontologies’ project, exploring the histories, structures and future of digitised newspaper collections around the world.
Over the past 30 years, millions of pages of historical newspapers have been digitised, creating a valuable resource for people worldwide. However, these nation-based programmes cannot offer a complete representation of their cultural history - they often mask the fact that a globalised news system emerged more than 200 years ago. The research team’s work explains how to digitally rebuild the nineteenth-century global news network to better reflect its international and multicultural nature. More significantly, it maps collections, guiding the linking of independent databases in a system-driven manner.
The project’s key outcome, The Atlas of Digitised Newspapers and Metadata, is a unique Open Access guide to newspaper databases around the world that demonstrates the potential of international, multidisciplinary work in the humanities. With readers in more than 60 countries, it is already becoming a recommended reference for potential users of online collections and is supported by ongoing workshops and webinars in the project’s partner countries.