Spanish News Text

Item Name: Spanish News Text
Author(s): David Graff, Gustavo Gallegos
LDC Catalog No.: LDC95T9
ISBN: 1-58563-056-X
ISLRN: 673-814-501-585-5
Member Year(s): 1995, 1996
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): newswire
Project(s): TREC, Tipster, TIDES, GALE
Application(s): language modeling, information retrieval
Language(s): Spanish
Language ID(s): spa
License(s): LATINO 40 Agreement
Online Documentation: LDC95T9 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Graff, David, and Gustavo Gallegos. Spanish News Text LDC95T9. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 1995.

The Spanish News Corpus consists of journalistic text data from one newspaper (El Norte, Mexico) and from the Spanish-language services of three newswire sources: Agence France Presse, Associated Press Worldstream, and Reuters. (The Reuters collection comprises two distinct services: Reuters Spanish Language News Service and Reuters Latin American Business Report).

All text data are stored in a standard compressed form. The fours sets of newswire data (AFP, APWS and two Reuters services) are each organized as one data file per day of collection. The period covered by these collections runs from December 1993 (for APWS and Reuters) or May 1994 (APWS) through December 1995. (The El Norte data, provided to us by INFOSEL Mexico, are arbitrarily grouped into files of about 1 megabyte in size when uncompressed; date information is not available for individual articles, but the general period of the collection is 1993).

The approximate amounts of data per source (when uncompressed) is indicated below (in total megabytes and millions of words of text):

Source MB MW
AFP 345 44
APWS 253 33
REUSL  333 41
REULA  233 23
INFOSEL 209 31

The presentation of text data in these collections is modeled on the TIPSTER corpus. Within each data file, SGML tagging is used (1) to mark article boundaries, (2) to delimit the text portion within each article and (3) to label various pieces of information about the article that are external to the text content (e.g. headlines, bylines and so on).

The copyright holders of this text have requested that it be made available to LDC members only. Due to the release date this corpus is available to 1995 and 1996 members. In order to obtain this corpus, current LDC members must submit a signed User Agreement Form.

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