Down the Rabbit Hole of the Hemeroteca Digital | Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE)

For an early 20th-century print obsessive like me, the Hemeroteca Digital, or Digital Periodicals Library of Spain’s Biblioteca Nacional is the perfect place to noodle away a whole day (and sometimes part of the night). I’ll be writing more about some of my favourite findings in future posts, including Rachel Challice and her disappearing hat or Rosa Chacel snapped in a school art class, thirty years before she published the novel that made her name, not to mention a whole slew of sometimes wonderfully eccentric reports of visits by the ever-increasing phalanx of early 20th-century English experts  on Spain.

The Hemeroteca is currently home to digitalised versions of around 900 different periodicals from all over Spain, published between 1683 and 1980, and they’re adding more all the time.  The Library is justly proud of the project – below, followed by my once again rather functional translation, is an excerpt from their blog, posted by Rubén Izquierdo Martín at the end of June 2010. I can totally vouch for the fantabulousness of the keyword search, which is mostly very accurate and turns up all kinds of random pieces of information, some of which I will be sharing with you over the next few months.  If you click through to the full post, you’ll find links to this and many more on-line Spanish hemerotecas, some national, some regional, some very local indeed.

Las publicaciones periódicas, por sus características físicas, son una parte primordial en los planes de digitalización de bibliotecas. A nivel nacional, podemos encontrar buenos ejemplos de este tipo de proyectos. En la BNE, Hemeroteca Digital, que forma parte del proyecto Biblioteca Digital Hispánica, recoge publicaciones periódicas antiguas. Están libres de derechos y por tanto pueden ser difundidas a través de Internet. El buscador de Hemeroteca Digital nos permite realizar búsquedas por título, lugar de edición o fechas y, además, gracias al sistema OCR podemos buscar mediante palabras clave dentro del documento mismo, lo que supone un ahorro de tiempo incalculable. El proyecto Hemeroteca Digital nace en marzo de 2007 y, debido a la gran cantidad de títulos de publicaciones periódicas que forman parte de la colección de la biblioteca, periódicamente se incluyen nuevos títulos de los cuales se informa en la web.

‘Periodical publications, because of their physical characteristics, play a fundamental part in library digitalisation projects. Within Spain, there are some great examples of projects like this. In the BNE, the Hemeroteca Digital, which is part of the Biblioteca Digital Hispánica / Hispanic Digital Library project, collects historical periodical publications. They’re copyright-free and so can be distributed on the web. The Hemeroteca Digital search engine allows us to search by title, place of publication or dates and, furthermore, thanks to the OCR system, we can search by keywords within a document, which saves incalculable time. The Hemeroteca Digital project began in March 2007 and, thanks to the huge numbers of periodicals in the BNE’s collections, we regularly upload new titles, which are announced on the website.’

via Biblioteca Nacional de España. Ministerio de Cultura

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  1. […] 15, 2010 by Kirsty I may have mentioned before that I suffer from a slight addiction to early 20th-century writing on Spain, which has, on occasion, proved fairly expensive. Sometimes, though, obsessively searching on […]

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