Reading: The Grapevine: Measuring the Influence of Dutch Newspapers on Delpher

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The Grapevine: Measuring the Influence of Dutch Newspapers on Delpher

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Maarten Van den Bos ,

NL
About Maarten

Maarten van den Bos is postdoc researcher in the Departement of History and Art History at Utrecht University for the Asymmetrical Encounters: E-Humanity Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815-1992. A project on digital text mining funded by HERA.  

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Hermione Giffard

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Hermione Giffard is postdoc researcher in the Departement of History and Art History at Utrecht University for the Asymmetrical Encounters: E-Humanity Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815-1992. A project on digital text mining funded by HERA. 
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Abstract

A measure of which newspapers are the most influential is an important foundation for any large-scale study of newspapers. A reliable measure of significance would allow studies to more strongly weigh articles in more influential papers. In this article, we use digital methods to create a partial citation index of a range of Dutch newspapers with a national circulation published in the period from 1920 to 1939. We find that using the digital archive of the National Library of the Netherlands (available through Delpher) enables us to find citations, but the problems of digitization make it impossible to create any index approaching comprehensiveness. Because source criticism – a crucial part of studying history – is made more difficult by digitization, it merits special notice in the digital age. 

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ts.342
How to Cite: Van den Bos, M. & Giffard, H., (2015). The Grapevine: Measuring the Influence of Dutch Newspapers on Delpher. Tijdschrift voor Tijdschriftstudies. (38), pp.29–41. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ts.342
Published on 07 Dec 2015.
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