Trove-Masterclass-Family-History-conference

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Trove masterclass
Trove Support Team
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Five things you didn’t know
about Trove…
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1.Trove isn’t just newspapers
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A wedding portrait of John
Turnbull McLaren and Mary
McDougall McLean, 1887
Pictures
Flinders Shire Historical
Photograph Project
Barrier Miner, (Broken Hill, NSW:
1888-1954), 14 October 1915
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/180873929
Portrait of John
T McLaren, 1935
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/180873882
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Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Brass sextant …acquired by
Captain DS Bull in 1877 as 3rd.
mate of "Kosciusco"
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/177270809
Photograph of Captain Bentley &​ Captain Rex
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/177268915
Pictures and objects
JAMES CRAIG (1874)
Australian Register of Historic
Vessels
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/177270824
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Objects
Queensland Police Museum
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/178528777
The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 1954), Tuesday 3 March 1953, page 1
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2. Text correcting
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Why correct text?
• Text created through OCR is searched by Trove
• OCR is not always accurate
• Correcting the text improves accuracy of the
text
• Every correction improves search results for all
users
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Community involvement
• Text correction is free
• No need to register
• Registered users can:
– See their correction history
– Appear in the Hall of Fame
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Community involvement
• 106 million lines corrected
• 100,000 users
• Range from 1 correction to 2 million+
corrections
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What to do
• Fix the OCR text so it matches what was
published
• Match the line of text to the same line on the
image
• Use tags and comments to provide corrections
to what was originally published
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What not to do
• Add text not in the original newspaper
• Change the text from what was originally
published
• Move text so that it does not match the line it
was originally in
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3. Lists
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http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=43805
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http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn6216779
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List making
• 5,796 Trove users
• 27,911 public lists
• 449,624 items
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4. The Trove Forum
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What are the forums for?
• Your space as Trove users
• Collaborate and communicate with other
Trove users
• Community help resource
• News resource
• Create your account by logging in to Trove,
then clicking on the ‘forum’ link
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Tips for using the forums
• Search first if you have a question, someone
may have already asked it
• Use the ‘contact us’ form if you need input
from a Trove team member
• Remember, the forums are a user space.
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5. Keeping up with new content
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ABC Radio National
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The Canberra Times
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Internet Explorer
Firefox
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Beyond Trove…
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http://dhistory.org/querypic/
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http://dhistory.org/querypic/create
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http://wraggelabs.com/shed/headline-roulette/
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http://wraggelabs.com/shed/headline-roulette/cats/
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https://twitter.com/TroveNewsBot
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Power searching in the digitisted
newspapers
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Numbers
•110+ Million articles
•11+ Million pages
•560+ titles
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Start broad,
then refine
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Useful Search tools
• Phrase search
– Put search terms in quotation marks
e.g. “Tom Smith”
• Near search
– Put search terms in quotation marks, then
use the tilde to specify a number
e.g. “Tom Smith”~2
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Tom Smith
“Tom Smith” and “Tom Smith” ~2
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“Tom Smith”~2
“Tom Smith”
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Useful Search tools
• OR search
– Search for articles containing either term
e.g. “tom smith” OR “T E Smith”
• AND search
– Search for articles containing all terms
e.g. (“tom smith” OR “T E Smith”) AND
brenede
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(“T E Smith” OR “Tom Smith”)
AND brenede
“Tom Smith” AND brenede
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Finding common words as names
• Near search
– Use an honorific with the name
e.g. “Mr White”~1
– Can add additional terms, such as place
names
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White
“mr white”~1
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Useful Search tools
• fulltext:
– Matches exact text only
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drake
fulltext:drake
fulltext:drakes
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Useful Search tips
• Finding ship names
– Add ‘ship’ or ‘shipping’ to your search
e.g. Babcock ship
– When sorted by relevance will push most
relevant results to the top
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Babcock
Babcock ship
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Useful Search tools
• date:[yyyy TO yyyy]
– Search between two years
e.g. Gallipoli date:[1914 TO 1929]
• *
– Wildcard, search matches all words starting with
the characters before the ‘*’
e.g. Chin* matches China, Chinese, Chinaman etc.
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Notifications
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What’s next…
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Browse - current
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Browse – coming soon
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Article – current
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Tags and comments - current
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Tags and comments – coming soon
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Title Information – coming soon
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Trove Forums
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in the forum
Or contact us
View our screencasts in YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/TroveNLA
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