Title: The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library: Disseminating and Preserving Records of Daily Life ( brief summary for TICFIA Conference - May 2010 )
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Title: The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library: Disseminating and Preserving Records of Daily Life ( brief summary for TICFIA Conference - May 2010 )
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Language: English
Creator: Wooldridge, Brooke and Laurie N. Taylor
Publisher: Digital Library of the Caribbean
Place of Publication: Miami, FL
Publication Date: May 5-8, 2010
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Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL) 1

The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library:
Disseminating and Preserving Records of Daily Life

The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL) is a cooperative digital library for newspaper
resources from the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. CNDL provides access to digitized versions
of Caribbean newspapers, gazettes, and other research materials on newsprint currently held in
archives, libraries, and private collections. The project will facilitate on-going newspaper
digitization, expanding the geographic, temporal, political and linguistic variety of the
newspapers. Over the course of the granting period, the project will target 32 collections, from
12 countries, representing six linguistic groups (English, Dutch, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole,
and Papiamento). For the first time in the region, libraries, archives and publishers will
collaborate to achieve the common goals of newspaper preservation and access. CNDL will
serve a broad spectrum of traditional and emerging disciplines that will benefit from the
continuous runs of geographically diverse newspapers.

The technical infrastructure and collaborative framework for the project facilitates a large scale,
multi-country approach to both historical and contemporary newspaper preservation and
access. By housing continuous coverage across historic and contemporary newspapers, CNDL
enables scholars to engage in traditional research using the newspapers as primary sources and
highly advanced analysis made possible through mining the newspapers as data sources. This
new access will promote the study of the Caribbean, a traditionally understudied region, for
both faculty and students. Open access to these newspapers and an aggressive outreach plan
will facilitate use of these materials in the classroom. Curriculum guides, promotion at regional
teacher conferences and teacher training will prepare teachers to use these newspapers
published in the Caribbean and its languages and open students to a new world of culture and

This project provides training regarding best practices to secure digitization and copyright
permissions directly from the publishers. The effective delivery of digital newspapers also
requires the development of new tools for newspaper metadata creation, article segmentation
and search results highlighting. Just as the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) built capacity
in the Caribbean and will continue to grow and add new content using local funding sources,
the new CNDL project will continue to grow long after the TICFIA granting period building upon
the newly established framework and the local expertise developed by digitizing from their

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Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL) 2

Relationship and Differences: Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL) & the Digital
Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) built a successful and sustainable collaborative
digital library focusing on the digital preservation and dissemination of related but unique
individual items. Many of dLOC's partners identified newspapers as a vital source for
researchers that are increasingly endangered due to the inherent tendency of newspapers to
deteriorate rapidly and the inadequate resources for climate controlled preservation in the
region. The new proposal leverages dLOC's existing relationships with universities, national
libraries and national archives while building increased capacity in the region. As a new project,
CNDL provides innovative technology and training to address the specialized field of newspaper
digitization and incorporates a new and indispensable group often excluded from the
development of digital collections: publishers.

New CNDL Project Comparisons to Former dLOC Project
New CNDL Project Former dLOC Project
1. Targets foreign newspaper publishers
directly, to retrieve original digital files, a Worked with libraries and archives to digitize
very different process requiring different from their collections.
skills and technologies
2. Targets foreign newspapers from foreign
partners, a very different material and
approh Targeted rare or unique single items from
foreign libraries or archives.
3. Targets full, continuous runs instead of
favoring rare or specialized single items
4. Trains partners in the strategies for Trained partners in the skills necessary for
effective newspaper digitization basic digitization of single items
5. Trains partners to research copyright and
request non-exclusive distribution
6. Creates a manual for requesting Focused on out of copyright materials
permission to distribute materials in
7. Develops a CNDL newspaper digitization
toolkit to address serial publications and Developed a dLOC Toolkit that facilitates
article level segmentation to assist future single item submissions
newspaper digitization projects
8. Provides digital access to continuous runs
Provided and will maintain in perpetuity
of Caribbean newspapers to serve
of C n ns to se shared access to researchers for important
traditional researchers and highly
Srare or unique single items
advanced data mining projects


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