Institution: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol
Project lead: Silvia Gstrein
Abteilung Digitale Services, Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck
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What is the Zeit.shift project about? 

The aim of the Zeit.shift project is to establish a long-term, cross-border cooperation for the preservation, provision and mediation of the cultural text heritage of Tyrol and South Tyrol from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Taking historical newspapers as a prototypical example, the text collections will be preserved in the long term and made publicly accessible in a web portal. This offers the opportunity to learn more about one's own cultural heritage and to appreciate historical texts as a source for exciting discoveries. An important focus of the project is the active involvement of the general public. Interested citizens are invited to participate and can contribute to the text indexing by annotating the text material online. Together with interested citizens, relevant key terms and the correct location of the text excerpts will be added in order to ensure better usability and searchability of the historical text material.

How can one participate? 

Through the Historypin platform, interested citizens can participate in the text indexing of advertisements of historical newspapers: by describing their content and geolocating them via Google Maps the users will help to virtually reconstruct the shopping streets of 100 years ago. In this way, the users gain insight into which products were traded and which events took place. They discover professions and trades, some of which no longer exist today, and have the opportunity to draw their own comparisons of what can be found in these places today. This is only a small part of the variety of topics that the advertising sections of the press of that time actually offers - an exploration of the world of our ancestors. Participation can take place regardless of time and place; only Internet access and a computer or smartphone are necessary. Tutorials help to get started,  or optionally, the Zeit.shift project staff can be contacted directly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). All citizens can take part in the citizen science activities and no special prior knowledge is necessary to participate in the project.

Why is it important and what happens to the data? 

The goal of the Zeit.shift project is to implement a web portal for archiving, managing, researching and presenting digitized historical newspapers of the Tyrolean region. The portal will be accessible worldwide and the provided text material (several million pages) will be freely available, searchable and downloadable. Search filters, such as place and family names, time period, etc., will help to narrow down the search results and the search term will be highlighted in the full text. The data generated by the citizen science activities will support the computer linguistic analysis (e.g. correction of recognition errors in digitized texts in Gothic script). Participants can follow the research progress via social media (Twitter @all4ling), website and via the Historypin platform).

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