Global Press Archive and the Center for Research Libraries: Supporting digital humanities with broad access to millions of pages of global newspapers

East View and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) launched the charter phase of the GPA CRL Alliance in 2019 to develop a special series of collections for the East View Global Press Archive (GPA). With a focus on providing global access to a wide selection of newspapers from around the world, the GPA CRL Alliance has successfully released multiple collections to date, including millions of pages of Open Access content.

All GPA CRL Alliance titles are selected by the CRL membership, coordinated by a CRL advisory committee. Read on below for more information on available collections and the next phase of the GPA CRL Alliance. CRL members can also learn more about the GPA CRL Alliance, available collections, and alliance member benefits on CRL’s eDesiderata website (CRL member login required).

Want to learn about what’s next for the Alliance?

East View and CRL hosted a Coffee Talk Webinar on September 14 to discuss future GPA plans and Phase 2 of the GPA CRL Alliance. Register here to view a recording of the webinar.

The GPA CRL Alliance: Achievements of the Charter Phase

With generous support from funding members, the GPA CRL Alliance has successfully released multiple collections that span the globe and include millions of pages of Open Access content.

Published collections:
Focus on multiple regions, languages:

Collections include content from Central America, East Asia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, East Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia. Languages covered include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Javanese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Custom platform development:

GPA content is delivered on a custom-built platform designed specifically for searching and display of full-image/full-text newspaper archives. Taking into account extensive feedback from librarians and researchers, the GPA platform was developed to provide an optimized experience for newspaper content, as well as a robust selection of tools and features, including cross-searching across all GPA platform titles, hit-term highlighting, clipping and text extraction tools, virtual keyboards for Arabic, Russian, and Turkish, crowdsourced text correction, citation generators, and more.

Looking Ahead: GPA CRL Alliance Phase 2

Encouraged by the positive results of the charter phase of the GPA CRL Alliance, fundraising is under way for a second phase of the GPA CRL Alliance. The continuation of this highly successful academic-commercial partnership between CRL and East View will serve our shared values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and continue to extend access to global newspaper collections to the widest possible audience.

The parameters of a Phase 2 will be similar in scope to the charter phase of the GPA CRL Alliance. The general parameters for Phase 2 include:

  • Two-year program extension at the same level of commitment as the charter phase (no increase in price).
  • Initial target of six collections, with assumption of two Open Access collections and one CRL-wide collection per year.
  • Each collection will include roughly 500,000 pages, totaling 3 million pages after two years.
  • CRL members/supporters would continue to receive the same benefits provided by the Charter Alliance, such as discounts on non-Alliance GPA resources, favorable pricing on custom digitization projects, etc.
Want to learn more about Phase 2?

East View and CRL hosted a Coffee Talk Webinar on September 14 to discuss future GPA plans and Phase 2 of the GPA CRL Alliance. Register here to view a recording of the webinar.

Why Join the GPA CRL Alliance?

The GPA CRL Alliance is a unique opportunity to play a leading role in supporting equal access to critical resources for scholars across the globe.

In addition, GPA CRL Alliance participants enjoy a number of benefits, including:

  • Discounts on commercial GPA products not included in the GPA CRL Alliance. So far, the Alliance has provided members an average savings of 38% – nearly $1 million in savings overall.
  • Discounts on custom digitization projects
  • Access to millions of pages of deposit copies for TDM and other research initiatives

GPA CRL Alliance Collections

New! Post-Perestroika Newspapers (CRL-wide Access)

The Post-Perestroika Newspapers collection traces the evolution of post-Soviet Russia, with coverage from 1990 to 2016. Established soon before or soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the newspapers in this collection document the changes taking place in Russia, some with breathtaking speed, all the while embracing innovative journalistic methods and standards that were a far cry from the journalism of the Soviet period. These newspapers, some of which had a relatively short lifespan, nevertheless provide important and critical insight into the events and personalities that defined post-Soviet Russian politics and history. Comprised of over a dozen titles, the collection is a unique treasure trove for students and historians of one of the most fascinating periods of Russian history.

The collection is available for free to all CRL members institutions. Non-CRL institutions that wish to purchase the Post-Perestroika Newspapers collection should contact us for more information.

New! South Asian Newspapers (Open Access)

For the GPA CRL Alliance’s sixth Open Access collection, CRL advisors selected a number of newspapers from South Asia. The South Asian Newspapers collection provides local perspectives on independence movements, early statehood, and the extensive economic and social growth taking place in the region during this time. The collection will cover several countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan), India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, and feature multiple languages such as Bengali, Dari, English, Nepali, and more. With reportage dating as far back as the 1850s, the South Asian Newspapers collection provides a wealth of coverage and perspectives on major regional and global events of the 19th and 20th centuries.

New! Southeast Asian Newspapers (Open Access)

For the GPA CRL Alliance’s fifth Open Access collection, CRL advisors selected a number of newspapers from Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asian Newspapers collection chronicles the monumental changes that took place throughout the region during the pre- and post-WWII era, and the challenges of early statehood. Covering several countries from the region, including Myanmar (formerly Burma), Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, and featuring multiple languages such as Dutch, English, French, Javanese, Spanish, and Vietnamese, the Southeast Asian Newspapers collection incorporates a wealth of coverage and perspectives on major regional and global events of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

El Caribe Digital Archive (CRL-wide Access)

El Caribe (“The Caribbean”) is a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in Santo Domingo and is one of the Dominican Republic’s most influential and longest-running newspapers. Founded in 1948 under the repressive Trujillo regime (1930-161), the newspaper has borne witness to decades of political uncertainty, economic development, and social change. Except for brief interruptions in publication for a month in 1962 and seven months in 1965, El Caribe has been a constant chronicle of national and international news, both for the Dominican Republic and the broader Caribbean region.

The collection is available for free to all CRL members institutions. Non-CRL institutions that wish to purchase the El Caribe Digital Archive should contact us for more information.

East African Newspapers (CRL-wide Access)

The East African Newspapers collection provides insight into a critical period in Africa’s history, featuring key newspapers from the region from the 1940s to the early 2000s. This collection includes over 800,000 pages total from three titles: Daily Nation (Kenya), The Ethiopian Herald, and The Monitor (Uganda).

The collection is available for free to all CRL members institutions. Non-CRL institutions that wish to purchase the East African Newspapers collection should contact us for more information.

Imperial Russian Newspapers (Open Access)

For the GPA CRL Alliance’s fourth Open Access collection, CRL advisors have selected a number of newspapers from Imperial Russia published during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – right up until the Bolshevik Revolution.

The Imperial Russian Newspapers collection includes nearly 800,000 pages and features core titles from Moscow and St. Petersburg, complemented by regional newspapers across the vast Russian Empire.

Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers (Open Access)

For the GPA CRL Alliance’s third Open Access collection, CRL advisors selected a number of newspapers published in Mexico during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – a tumultuous time in Mexico’s history.

The Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers collection includes nearly 1,000 titles from Mexico’s pre-independence, independence and revolutionary periods (1807-1929).

Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers (Open Access + CRL-wide Access)

For the GPA CRL Alliance’s second Open Access collection, CRL advisors selected a number of newspapers published in the Middle East and North Africa. Researchers will find a wealth of unique content from this dynamic region, much of which has never been digitized or available as open access material.

In addition to Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers Open Access collection, East View offers the MENA Premium collection, which includes five in-copyright titles from the region. MENA Premium is available for free to all CRL member institutions. Non-CRL institutions that wish to purchase the MENA Premium collection should contact us for more information.

Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers (Open Access)

For the GPA CRL Alliance’s first Open Access collection, CRL advisors selected key newspapers published in China during its tumultuous transition from imperial rule to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.

Containing over 290 titles and over 460,000 pages of content, the Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers collection provides invaluable perspective on this critical period. The press of more than twenty cities is represented, spanning the Chinese mainland and the entire half century.

Get to Know the GPA Platform

East View’s Global Press Archive program features a robust custom platform that hosts a number of GPA titles, with new titles continuously being added.

With content spanning from the late 1700s to today, the GPA platform currently includes over 1,600 newspapers, 850,000 issues, and 9 million pages of content, with over 30 countries and more than a dozen languages represented. This includes millions of pages of Open Access content from China, Mexico, Russia, and the Middle East and North Africa.

Platform Features:
  • IP authentication
  • Usage statistics
  • Unlimited simultaneous users
  • Cross-searching across all GPA platform titles, including Open Access content, institutional purchased content, and any custom newspaper digitization projects hosted on the platform
  • Full-image/full-text content
  • Page-level digitization with hit-term highlighting
  • Full-screen browsing
  • Clipping and text extraction tools
  • Crowdsourced text correction
  • Citation generator in MLA, APA, Chicago, and RIS format
  • Virtual keyboards for Arabic, Russian, and Turkish
  • Multilingual UI functionality

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