TPDL2023: The 27th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries


This year’s TPDL takes place in Zadar, Croatia from September 26th to September 29th. From the KB Lab, Mirjam Cuper will be present with the paper ‘Aspect-Driven Structuring of Historical Dutch Newspaper Archives’. 


What: TPDL 2023: The 27th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) is a yearly date for researchers on Digital Libraries and related topics. For over twenty-five years TPDL has been an international reference forum focused on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. TPDL encompasses the many meanings of the term “digital libraries”, including new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing.

When: September 26th to September 29th 2023.


Aspect-Driven Structuring of Historical Dutch Newspaper Archives

27 September from 11.00 - 12.30: part of Session 1 Applications and Digital Library Systems

By Hermann Kroll (TU Braunschweig); Christin K. Kreutz (TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences); Mirjam Cuper (KB, National Library of the Netherlands); Bill Matthias Thang (TU Braunschweig); Wolf-Tilo Balke (TU Braunschweig)

Digital libraries oftentimes provide access to historical newspaper archives via keyword-based search. Historical figures and their roles are particularly interesting cognitive access points in historical research. Structuring and clustering news articles would allow more sophisticated access for users to explore such information. However, real-world limitations such as the lack of training data, licensing restrictions and non-English text with OCR errors make the composition of such a system difficult and cost-intensive in practice. In this work we tackle these issues with the showcase of the National Library of the Netherlands by introducing a role-based interface that structures news articles on historical persons. In-depth, component-wise evaluations and interviews with domain experts highlighted our prototype's effectiveness and appropriateness for a real-world digital library collection.

For more information read the preprint: