The new app GeoNewsMiner (GNM) visualizes georeferences in historical newspapers. The app, developed by researcher Dr Lorella Viola (Cultural History) and Prof. Jaap Verheul in collaboration with the Research Engineering Team of Utrecht University, adds a geodimension to the experiences of migrants.
Lorella Viola explains: "The app allows users to visualize geographical references in historical datasets. GNM displays places mentioned in Italian newspapers at the beginning of the last century. Because the dataset used is a collection of digitized immigrant newspapers, GNM will open up new ways to study migration history. Research in migration studies and diasporic cultures has shown how in diasporic contexts, migrants often mark their identity in connection with a place that is distant in time or space, typically the homeland. So we asked ourselves: what do diasporic references to places tell us about the way migrants interacted with the homeland and the host environment? Does visualising such references over time reveal complex mechanisms of interaction?”