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Projects

The National Library of Finland develops its operations in projects, the results of which will be channeled as a part of basic operations. In addition, the library participates in the development of its expertise and operating environment in externally funded projects.

There are several ongoing projects at the National Library of Finland, the most significant of which we present below in terms of their aims and outcomes.

  • Digitisation of Labour Newspapers

    In addition to the National Library and other legal deposit libraries, the digitised magazines will be opened for the use of researchers and customers also at the Library of the Labour Movement, the Labour Archives, the People’s Archives and the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas as the digitisation proceeds.
    When the project ends at the end of 2021, all the magazines digitised during the project, a total of approximately 250,000 pages of labour magazines, will be digitally available for researchers and other customers.

  • Digitisation of the Hevosurheilu magazine

    In addition to the National Library and other legal deposit libraries, the digitised magazines will be opened for the use of researchers and customers as well as for the internal editorial use of the Hevosurheilu magazine as the digitisation proceeds.
    When the project ends at the end of 2021, all the magazines digitised during the project, a total of approximately 120,000 pages, will be available digitally.

  • NewsEye: A Digital Investigator for Historical Newspapers

    The NewsEye project involves national libraries, humanities and social science research groups and computer science research groups. It addresses a number of challenges, which will result in significant scientific advances, in several directions:
    • in text recognition, text analysis, natural language processing, computational creativity and natural language generation, with regard to historical newspapers but also more universally,
    • in digital newspaper research, addressing a number of editorial issues like OCR and article separation,
    • in digital humanities, in respect to huge amounts of text material, availability of useful tools and possibilities of searching and browsing,
    • in history, in terms of analyzing historical assets with new methods across different language corpora.
    NewsEye, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is a research project advancing the state of the art and introducing new concepts, methods and tools for digital humanities by providing enhanced access to historical newspapers for a wide range of users. With the tools and methods created by NewsEye, crucial user groups will be able to investigate views and perspectives on historical events and development and, as a consequence, the project will change the way European digital heritage data is (re)searched, accessed, used and analysed. NewsEye will develop a seamlessly integrated armoury of tools and methods will be created that will improve users’ capability to access, analyse and use the content in the digital Libraries of historical newspapers.
    The National Library of Finland will provide the project with newspaper data until 1918 and test the developing tools for research and other use. In addition the Library cooperates with other national libraries in disseminating the project’s results.

  • Tutkain 2020-2022

    Thanks to the Tutkain project, researchers will be able to use Finnish newspapers and magazines from 1930–2018 digitised by the National Library. Research use here refers to non-commercial scientific or artistic research, reports, theses or final projects completed by students, researchers and other members of teaching and research staff at Finnish higher education institutions participating in Tutkain.

    The material included in the Tutkain project has been licensed for 15 Finnish higher education institutions, which can give users access through the HAKA authentication system to the National Library’s digital newspaper and magazine material for research use in the digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi service. The agreement also allows users to carry out machine-based analyses of the material and create datasets of the material for the verification of research and for later research.

  • Digitisation of Uusi Suomi

    At the end of the project, the materials of Uusi Suometar and Uusi Suomi will be available in a digital format as an unbroken historical chain from 122 years. At the end of the project, more than 600,000 pages of newspaper material of these papers will be digitally available.

  • Digitisation and deployment of Swedish-language newspapers

    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.

  • Digitisation of Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat

    All in all, the project will digitise and open approximately 550,000 new pages for public use. At the end of the project, Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat will be available in a digital format as a continuous historical chain until 31 December 1979. Altogether, almost one million pages of newspaper material of Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat will be digitally available at the end of the project.

  • Jean Sibelius Works (JSW)

    Work on the complete critical edition Jean Sibelius Works/Werke began in 1996. The project aims to publish Sibelius's oeuvre in its entirety, 60 volumes. The edition is based on a thorough study of all surviving sources. It is intended both for scholarly use and performance.

  • Books of the Medieval Parish Church

    Books of the Medieval Parish Church (BOMPAC) is an ERC Starting Grant projet led by Jaakko Tahkokallio and hosted by the National Library. It studies the book provision of parish churches in the medieval Kingdom of Sweden, using the book fragments of the National Library of Finland and the Royal Archives (Stockholm) as its principal sources. The project publishes articles and research data according to the principles of Open Science.