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Panpa Bulletin : May 2006
48 | PaNPa bULLETIN May 2006 Trade Me wins New Zealand auction website Trade Me won an unprecedent- ed three awards at the annual People's Choice NetGuide Web Awards in Auckland, April 6. Trade Me, bought this year by John Fairfax Holdings Ltd for NZ$700million (A$625million), won Best Trading Site, Best On- line Shopping Site and the top prize of Site of the Year after months of voting by more than 31,000 people. The Fairfax New Zealand news site, Stuff, was awarded the Best Media Site. Nigel Horrocks, editor of the NetGuide magazine said the Site of the Year award recognised that the website had become something of a cultural icon with 'Trade Me' now part of the Kiwi vernacular. The Press, Waikato Times, and The New Zealand Her- ald won a total of eight first places, five second places and one third place at this year's International Newspa- per Marketing Association's Newspaper Marketing Awards in Chicago. The Auckland-based News- paper Advertising Bureau re- ports that the annual INMA competition attracted more than 1,000 entries from 206 newspapers in 37 countries. The Waikato Times won three first prizes, as did The New Zea- land Herald. The Press won two. The Press also won three sec- onds, and one third prize. The New Zealand Herald won two secondprizes. NZ papers win marketing awards Koos hussem looks at digitizing and making money from archives. In July 2006, the Dutch news- paper De Leeuwarder Courant will celebrate 254 years of con- tinuous publication. No other newspaper has a longer his- tory of publication under the same masthead. Daily, 110,000 enthusiastic readers enjoy get- ting their news from one of The Netherlands's most respected newspapers, either via hard- copy or the online edition. X-CAGO, a technology com- pany headquartered in Roer- mond, The Netherlands is the service provider to the pub- lisher of De Leeuwarder Cour- ant, making sure the latest edi- tion is available on the internet as well as digitising and mak- ing available online almost 1 million pages of news, span- ning 254 years of publication. Today's news is tomorrow's history. The cultural heritage contained in the archives of De Leeuwarder Courant is con- sidered to be one of the most important sources of historical reference in The Netherlands. One can read about the French Revolution, Napoleon, the Ti- tanic, Hitler, Stalin, the World Championship of Soccer, as well as obituaries and local news. Digitising the archive The initiator of this project is the Digital Archive Leeu- warder Courant Foundation, which is a cooperation effort of De Leeuwarder Courant and Tresoar, The Frisian Historical and Literary Center. To open the vault of De Leeuwarder Courant has been on the agen- da of both partners for a long time. The advanced technol- ogy of X-CAGO is the key to making available the rich con- tent of this exceptional news- paper archive. X-CAGO's approach, which is different from many other vendors, is to scan directly from bound books instead of digitising from microfilm. Mi- crofilm has numerous disad- vantages - lack of color, lack of authenticity, and inferior Optical Character Recogni- tion. The Foundation opted for ultimate quality and there- fore chose X-CAGO as their preferred technology partner, considering X-CAGO's excel- lent track-record. Why digitise the archives? By digitising the almost one million newspaper pages, a rich source of Dutch and Frisian culture and heritage is revealed and made available to the gen- eral public via the internet. Fur- thermore, this is preserved for future generations. Journalists, scientists, politicians, bankers, students and housewives now have access to this information , whether it's today's news or an article from 250 years ago. What makes this project unique, apart from the size,is that the content contains multi- ple languages including Dutch, Frisian and French as well as dealing with differing word us- age during the past 250 years; all constituent items (editorial and advertising) are accessible on an individual basis, resulting in close to 10,000,000 articles and ads; the search protocol means the complete text can be reached despite variations in spelling or usage and the archives are up- dated and include the most cur- rent editions. Technology Partner X-CAGO, headquartered in Roermond, The Netherlands is executing this project including scanning the newspaper pages, segmenting the pages into arti- cles and ads, tagging the head- lines, bylines, captions, and pic- tures, as well as keeping track of the reading order and publish- ing on the internet. The original pages are scanned directly from bound books with the most ad- vanced video scanners available on the market today. Spelling A mere glimpse at an old news- paper page is enough to make ob- vious the differences in spelling. As well as differences in spelling, completely different words were once used with different connota- tions.Without updating both spell- ing and usage, enormous prob- lems quickly arise in trying to find the information one is looking for. To address these issues X-CAGO developed a web based solution called 'Archive Express'. As a result of this project X-CAGO is adding Frisian to its list of supported lan- guages. 'Archive Express' also has the ability to eliminate typical OCR mistakes. Test Drive To gain a first impres- sion and get some insight into these capabilities, visit: http://demo.x-cago.com/lc250. This mini website contains the highlights of the first 250 years of its existence. Search for Na- poleon, the Titanic and more! The cultural heritage contained in the archives of De Leeuwarder Courant is considered to be one of the most important sources of historical reference in The Netherlands Today’s news is tomorrow’s history