Tim Sherratt

Sharing recent updates and work-in-progress

Feb 2021

Who was linking to Trove newspapers in 2014?

In 2014 I pulled together a sample of web pages that included links back to digitised newspaper articles in Trove and created the ‘Trove Traces’ app. It was interesting, and sometimes disturbing, to see the diversity of sites that made use of Trove. Amongst the family and local history enthusiasts were climate change deniers and racists who found ‘evidence' for their views in past newspapers. And of course, the sample only includes links in web pages, not social media sharing.

The app has since disappeared, but I’ve now published a static version. The search and sort functions won’t work, but you can browse through the sample of backlinks by web page or by linked Trove newspaper article. There are also lists of the most frequently occurring pages and articles. #dhhacks