La British Library rende disponibili online 4 milioni di pagine di 200 giornali dei secoli 18° e 19°.
La ricerca nell’archivio è gratis, ma l’accesso alle singole pagine è a pagamento.
Chissà poi perché: curiosa accezione di “servizio pubblico”.
Four million pages of newspapers from the 18th and 19th Centuries have been made available online by the British Library.
The public will now be able to scan the content of 200 titles from around Britain and Ireland.
The archive is free to search, but there is a charge for accessing the pages themselves.
Mr King [the British Library’s head of newspapers] said: “Rather than having to view the items on site at the library, turning each page, people across the UK and around the world will be able to explore for themselves the goldmine of stories and information contained in these pages.”The ability to search across millions of articles will yield results for each user that might previously have been the work of weeks or months, in a matter of seconds and the click of a mouse.”
A team has spent a year at the British Library’s newspaper library at Colindale, north London, digitising up to 8,000 pages a day.
They expect to scan up to 40 million pages over the next 10 years.