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I have been a user of Trove for some time now and would like to raise two additional points about the service.
1. Not all Australian newspapers have been digitised and OCR’d yet, however for most AusPol Gen’ers the major papers are covered.
Canberra Times 1926-1954
Sydney Morning Herald 1842-1954
Brisbane Courier/Courier-Mail 1861-1954
Adelaide Advertiser 1881-1954
Hobart Mercury 1860-1954
Melbourne Argus 1848-1956 (no Age or Herald though it appears)
Perth The West Australian 1879-1954
Plus a myriad of other regional newspapers.
The service provides both the original scanned image of the page together with the results of the OCR (side by side on the screen) – typically with only about 60% accuracy on average.
Unfortunately, various copyright provisions have restricted the available date range to up to about 1954.
2. The other interesting thing about Trove is its philosophy of using “crowd sourcing” to correct OCR-generated errors in the digitized newspapers.
Where the two versions (scanned image i.e. the original, and the resultant OCR’d text) differ, humans can instantly correct the computer's gaffes. So, if you are researching via the Trove service I encourage you to correct as many articles as you can and contribute to massive database that has been built up by thousands of online volunteers (the “sourced crowd”).
There is a good FAQ about the service at http://trove.nla.gov.au/general/using-digitised-newspapers-faq/
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