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Title An Open Corpus for Named Entity Recognition in Historic Newspapers
Authors Clemens Neudecker
Abstract The availability of openly available textual datasets (“corpora”) with highly accurate manual annotations (“gold standard”) of named entities (e.g. persons, locations, organizations, etc.) is crucial in the training and evaluation of named entity recognition systems. Currently there are only few such datasets available on the web, and even less for texts containing historical spelling variation. The production and subsequent release into the public domain of four such datasets with 100 pages each for the languages Dutch, French, German (including Austrian) as part of the Europeana Newspapers project is expected to contribute to the further development and improvement of named entity recognition systems with a focus on historical content. This paper describes how these datasets were produced, what challenges were encountered in their creation and informs about their final quality and availability.
Topics Corpus (Creation, Annotation, etc.), Named Entity Recognition, Optical Character Recognition
Full paper An Open Corpus for Named Entity Recognition in Historic Newspapers
Bibtex @InProceedings{NEUDECKER16.110,
  author = {Clemens Neudecker},
  title = {An Open Corpus for Named Entity Recognition in Historic Newspapers},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-28},
  location = {Portoro┼ż, Slovenia},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Marko Grobelnik and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Helene Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-9-1},
  language = {english}
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