Friday, January 18, 2008

Article: 50 years of history goes online

This newspaper article from Australia talks about a newspaper digitization project.

The Chronicle from that period no longer exists in hard copy, but its microfilm version is a valuable research resource for the history, culture and development of the region.

“Unfortunately, constant usage has damaged the microfilm copies of the Chronicle, which are held in Maroochy and Caloundra libraries. It was a decision between maintaining the old films or digitising,'' [Maroochy Mayor Joe] Natoli said.

The article gives a nice view of what these old papers contain and why they are important. If you are thinking of digitizing newspapers, you might think of your papers in some of the same ways.

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