Spanish Newswire Text, Volume 2

Item Name: Spanish Newswire Text, Volume 2
Author(s): David Graff, Gustavo Gallegos
LDC Catalog No.: LDC99T41
ISBN: 1-58563-162-0
ISLRN: 581-480-117-182-1
Member Year(s): 1999
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): newswire
Project(s): TIDES, GALE
Application(s): information retrieval, language modeling
Language(s): Spanish
Language ID(s): spa
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC99T41 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Graff, David, and Gustavo Gallegos. Spanish Newswire Text, Volume 2 LDC99T41. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 1999.

Introduction

This release of Spanish newswire contains data from the following sources:

  • Agence France Presse (January 13, 1996--December 13,1998)
  • Associated Press Worldstream (December 1, 1995--August 31, 1998)
  • El Norte (January 1, 1997--December 31, 1998)
  • Data

    The consistent format chosen for release consists of SGML tagging and the ISO-8859-1 (Latin1) 8-bit character set. Our general strategy for SGML tagging is as follows:

    All document units (articles) are bounded by the tags DOC and /DOC, and within these units, the text content of each article is bounded by TEXT and /TEXT. Following each DOC tag is a DOCID tag that provides a unique identifying string for that article. Other tags within the DOC unit (but external to TEXT) provide additional information that was receieved with the article (e.g. headline, dateline, byline, keywords, etc), but the inventory and nature of additional information varies from one source to the next (and in some cases, from one article to the next), and this variability is reflected in the SGML tags that are used to preserve the information. Within the TEXT units, tagging is kept to a minimum, typically consisting only of paragraph tags.

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