The Historical database of Le Temps comprises 3 newspapers over 200 years. The Journal de Genève ran from 1826 to 1998, the Gazette de Lausanne (under different names) from 1798 to 1998, and the Nouveau Quotidien from 1991 to 1998, before the merging to the present Le Temps. The full archive was digitized and OCRed (extraction of digital text) in 2008.
The project is of interest for the community because newspaper databases are becoming a widespread reality across Europe, calling for dedicated techniques to fully exploit them.
We share all the articles of JDG and DGL for the year 1914 in text (ORCed) form, via xml files. Articles come in 2 flavors: raw and annotated. Raw means for each month and issue, there is an xml file with the full text of an article, some metadata and a division in columns (roughly, the formatting units on the page). Annotated means we used three Named Entity Recognition (NER) and Disambiguation (NED) services for French, fed them with out data and merged the results in a unique annotation.