Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Old News Good News For Google

Google's official blog announced yesterday that they will be stepping up efforts to digitize dozens of historical newspapers and make scanned images of the original papers available online.

Google began work on the project 2 years ago when they began working with The New York Times and the Washington Post, in an effort that involved the indexing of digital archives maintained by these papers. Since then, the company has reached out to other newspapers, and worked with companies that aggregate text content, such as ProQuest. Google's announcement highlights a partnership with the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, which has been publishing continuously since 1764, making it North America's oldest newspaper.

Not only will you be able to search through the old newspapers, you'll also be able to browse through them exactly as they were printed -- photographs, headlines, articles, advertisements and all.

You’ll be able to explore search the Google News Archive as a standalone site or by using the timeline feature after searching Google News. Google has said not every search will trigger this new content, however searching key historical stories should pull some results.

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