Monday, August 22, 2016

Digital archives: Free or subscription-based?

Cynthia M. Parkhill's 'BitStrips' cartoon avatar stands holding an eReader in front of a newspaper coin-vending box on city sidewalk
Digitized newspaper delivery and archiving. Image created with BitStrips
“Google News Archive” provided free digital access to more than a century’s worth of newspapers in the Milwaukee area. At “Urban Milwaukee,” Michail Takach asks why listings for local newspapers suddenly disappeared. The answer concerns privatized digitization through a subscription-model database, and should make compelling reading for anyone interested in how the shift from print to digital publishing impacts historical archiving.

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