In preparing for the 2017 eDesiderata Forum, CRL recommends the following articles and reports that provide some insight into the current digital news landscape.
On managing news assets by producers:
- Center for Research Libraries, Preserving News in the Digital Environment (2011), CRL.
Study undertaken by the Center for Research Libraries to map the “lifecycle” of news content published in print and on the Web.
- Jane Coulter and Evan Sandhaus How to Build a Times Machine (2016), The New York Times.
A detailed account of the process The Times used in creating and expanding the TimesMachine and the interesting technical challenges of providing access to a digital NYT archive.
- Chuck Fishman. Past and Present: The Evolution of Media Company CMS Platforms, Acquia blog, October 15, 2015.
The first in a series of blog posts from Acquia (web development company) offers an introduction to content management systems and their uses in the media sector.
- PBS. The PBS Core Data Model: an Overview.
Information on PBS's new digital core data model for organizing, relating, and presenting local and national PBS digital content.
On scholarly uses of digital news:
- Mary Feeney, What Can Text Mining Reveal about the Use of Newspapers in Research? (2017) IFLA.
This paper examines the relative frequency of newspaper titles (local and national) cited in scholarly literature using a text mining tool and the JSTOR archive.
- James Danowski and Noah Cepela, Automatic Mapping of Social Networks: Time Series Analysis of News Sentiment and Presidential Job Approval (2010), Annals of Information Systems: V. 12, (pp 31-46).
Chapter describing Danowski's work in mining social networks among presidential cabinet members based on their co-occurrence in news stories. The research sought to test hypotheses about presidential cabinet network centrality and presidential job approval over time.
- The Driving Force Project (2014)
Overview of a project of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science led by Nick Adams, to mine news accounts of the 2011 Occupy movement for an analysis of police and protester interactions.
- Amy Mitchell, Jeffrey Gottfried, Michael Barthel, and Eliza Shearer, The modern news consumer: news attitudes and practices in the digital era (2016) Pew Research Center.
Summary of a two-part 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center on the defining traits of the modern news consumer.
On libraries and news preservation:
- Gina M. Jones, Michael Neubert (Library of Congress), Using RSS to Improve Web Harvest Results for News Web Sites (2017), Journal of Western Archives: Vol. 8: Iss. 2, Article 3.
Case study describing Library of Congress use of RSS feeds to build customized seed lists for web harvesting of online news.
- Dorothy Carner, Edward McCain, and Fredrick Zarndt, An international survey of born digital legal deposit policies and practices (2015), IFLA.
A follow-on to the 2014 IFLA paper Missing links: The digital news preservation discontinuity, this paper presents the results of a survey of born-digital legal deposit policies and practices worldwide, and the ramifications of their survey findings.
- Debora Cheney, Chuck Palsho, Chris Cowan, Fredrick Zarndt, The Future of Online Newspapers (2011) Proceedings of the Charleston Library Conference.
Presentation from the 2011 Charleston Library Conference on the changes in content creation and distribution of newspapers, and the impact of these trends on libraries.