Friday, 20 May 2011

Google Newspaper projects ends

Thanks to John Reid at Anglo-Celtic Connections for flagging up the following.

Google's newspaper digitisation project is to formally end after 32 months. The project was a collaboration with several partners, including ProQuest and several US newspapers, but the material published already is not going away, and can still be accessed at http://news.google.com/newspapers.

The collections featured are primarily North American, but there are a couple of Scottish gems in there, in the forms of the Glasgow Advertiser from 27 JAN 1783-18 DEC 1801, and perhaps more significantly, the Glasgow Herald from 17 JAN 1806-17 FEB 1990. The 19th century copies of the latter title are of course available on the British Library 19th Century Newspaper Collection site, but you need to pay to access them - Google's collection is free to view and equally as searchable.

It is a real shame to see this project go no further, but nevertheless great to have continued free access to one of Scotland's most long running titles.

Chris

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