Google Buy 20 Million Digitized Historical Newspapers

3 12 2008

Back in September, Google sounded out their intention to put more old newspapers online and available for search. This week they came a step closer to realising that mission as they purchased newspaper digitizing company PaperOfRecord.com.

SearchEngineWatch’s blog announced the deal on Tuesday and Nathania Johnson goes on to tell us more about PaperOfRecord.com:

PaperofRecord is based in Canada and was the first to digitize the entire history of the Toronto Star. In addition to digitizing newspapers in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe, PaperofRecord has digitized historical documents including he Diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister.

The deal will reportedly see Google work with the company for around two years, after it was agreed by PaperOfRecord’s parent company Cold North Wind Inc. RJ Huggins, Founder and CEO of PaperofRecord.com, was reluctant to source help from a company outside of Canada, but understands that Google’s resources are key to the projects development:

It is a bittersweet day for PaperofRecord.com. We are very pleased to have our legacy and vision of a 500 year, global, multiple language newspaper historical archive being placed in the stewardship of Google. As a Canadian entrepreneur, it is disappointing to not be able to muster the resources in our country to bring such a digital resource to its fruition at home. However, without the help and vision of a company such as Google, this immense, global, educational resource would not be possible on the scale that is being contemplated.

Its a great move for Google as they can now tick off a large chunk of the data needing to be uploaded, meaning it accelerates their project. It is also good news for PaperOfRecord as the company will now receive plenty of attention, having been selected as a valuable Google partner.

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