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Digitisation and deployment of Swedish-language newspapers

The project converts all the Swedish-language newspapers published in Finland to a digital format and use as a historical continuum.

Goal and tasks

According to the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials and the Copyright Act, all digitised materials are available only at protected workstations in the National Library and in legal deposit libraries as well as in the Library of Parliament.
The project will open access to digitised Swedish-language newspaper materials published in Finland until 31 December 1949 to the general public through digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi by the end of 2021.
In addition, access to digitised Swedish-language newspaper materials published in Finland until 31 December 2018 will be opened for research and customer use in the Svenska Litteratursällskapet’s archives in Helsinki and Vaasa, in the Brages Pressarkiv’s and Ålands landskapsarkiv’s archives in Mariehamn as the digitisation proceeds. Research use also enables data mining.
All in all, the project will digitise and deploy approximately three to four million new pages of Swedish-language newspaper material. At the end of the project, all Swedish-language newspapers published in Finland will be in a continuous historical chain in a digital format. They have been opened for open public use until 31 December 1949 as well as until 31 December 2018 for research and customer use of the contract archives through digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi.

All in all, nearly six million pages of Swedish-language newspaper material will be digitally available at the end of the project.

Influence

Digitised newspapers are an important Swedish-language source material for the public and for research and education in humanities and social sciences. Newspapers that are in a digital format also enable the deployment of new digital research methods and thus the material opens up new research questions and perspectives on history and the present in Finland and the Nordic countries.

This also implements the National Library’s strategy whose aim is to digitise large uniform data sets, to enable their widest possible use and to support open science.
All digitised material is permanently stored and in use through the National Library.

Project setters

National Library

Tenure

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Project status

In progress

Financing

Eight funds and foundations are participating in the funding: Svenska kulturfonden, Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, Föreningen Konstsamfundet, Stiftelsen Tre Smeder, Stiftelsen Brita Maria Renlunds minne, Stiftelsen för Åbo Akademi, Svenska folkskolans vänner and Harry Schaumans Stiftelse.

Schedule

Digitisation from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023
Deployment from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2026

Collaboration

SLS, Kopiosto