Digital archives…this hasn’t been done yet?


Ever since Google Earth was released and I saw a satellite image of my car outside my house, I thought Google had pretty much digitized everything. But apparently there is still one stone left unturned – news.

I thought pretty much anything news related was available via online archive, and now Google is getting serious about that. The Wall Street Journal reports here that the company will be digitizing newspaper articles and historical documents dating back 200 years, with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the St. Petersburg Times in Florida among those already on board.

Someone told me that libraries used to house periodicals. What was that word again? Li-brar-y? I know, I don’t recognize it either.


4 Responses to “Digital archives…this hasn’t been done yet?”

  1. akz Says:

    li·brar·y Audio Help [lahy-brer-ee, -bruh-ree, -bree] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    –noun, plural -brar·ies.
    1. a place set apart to contain books, periodicals, and other material for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference, as a room, set of rooms, or building where books may be read or borrowed.
    2. a public body organizing and maintaining such an establishment.
    3. a collection of manuscripts, publications, and other materials for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference.
    4. a collection of any materials for study and enjoyment, as films, musical recordings, or maps.
    5. a commercial establishment lending books for a fixed charge; a lending library.
    6. a series of books of similar character or alike in size, binding, etc., issued by a single publishing house.
    7. Biology. a collection of standard materials or formulations by which specimens are identified.
    8. canon1 (def. 9).
    9. Computers. a collection of software or data usually reflecting a specific theme or application.

  2. Larry Marchese Says:

    The democratization of information will be Google’s lasting legacy (it probably already is). Resistance will come from old-line publishers who can’t embrace the evolution of their arcane business models and certainly from Lexis-Nexis and Factiva, which have a high-priced stranglehold on news archives. Much like Peter Shankman has made Prof Net obsolete with HARO, let’s hope that this does the same to Lexis-Nexis and Factiva. I love this news!

  3. Evan Zall Says:

    Larry – I agree, except we’ll see where Google goes with its advertising plays, which as currently constituted look like the opposite of democratization.

    I do wonder about the searchability of these archives, don’t have information on that. I understand Adobe has released searchable pdf technology, and if that’s incorporated it could well replace Lexis and Factiva…and that would be alright with me.

  4. Evan Zall Says:

    akz – thank you. Here’s a revelatory game: apply definitions 1-4 to the word “internet.” The whole family can play!

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