Library of Congress Selects iArchives to Make Century-Old Newspapers
Lindon, UT, June 3, 2005 - iArchives, Inc., subcontractor to Datatrac Information Services, Inc., today announced their selection by the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, to digitize materials from the Library’s collections for Phase One of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The NDNP is a new, long-term effort by the Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers now in the public domain. The Library’s contribution to this initial phase will make more than 81,000 pages of newspaper from the early 1900’s available to the public.
Currently, these newspaper pages are stored on microfilm at the Library. Digitizing them through iArchives technology will allow the information to be available to anyone online, rather than limiting it to people who must physically be at one of the Library’s microfilm readers or borrow and use it only through their local library.
"Students, historians, lawyers, politicians even newspaper reporters will be able to go to their computer at home or at work and through a few keystrokes get immediate, unfiltered access to the greatest source of our history," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said, "We hope the National Digital Newspaper Program inspires other institutions to make their public domain newspapers accessible online."
iArchives scans the microfilm page and allows users to search within that page image using leading edge technology. Searches can result in matches found in any text, including photo captions, headlines, stories, even advertisements, a capability not offered in either microfilm viewing or text-based searching.
"There is a richness of content and context the public has never been able to experience before," remarked Derek Cordon, VP of Sales and Marketing for iArchives. "Imagine reading headlines of World War I, correlating them with local events and people, and even comparing goods and prices of the times through ads in the same newspaper."
The NDNP is beginning its efforts with NEH-sponsored awards to six institutions in the United States for the digitization of selected newspapers.At the end of this development phase, approximately 750,000 pages will be made available through the Library’s Web site, www.loc.gov. The program will eventually support projects in all states and territories to select and digitize significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. More information about the program is available at http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/.
iArchives is the technology leader in transforming analog information into searchable digital data. With its high accuracy OCR technology working in conjunction with image enhancement, iArchives provides unmatched search accuracy within paper or other analog documents. The success and flexibility of this technology is seen through the variety of iArchives client applications: iArchives provides analog to digital information delivery for library, university, newspaper, legal, commercial and other markets. The company offers complete digitization lifecycle services including information delivery software, image optimization, and scanning of microfilm, microfiche, bound and unbound books of any size, and other paper documents. For more information about iArchives, visit www.iarchives.com.
About Datatrac Information Services Inc.
Founded in 1987, Datatrac is an award-winning, Native American, Women-Owned company with more than 1,500 dedicated employees across seven states. Datatrac provides technology-enabled solutions that support its clients' efforts to transition their infrastructures and business processes from analogue to digital, thereby enabling services that are more client-centered, more efficient and more cost-effective.
About The Library of Congress The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Its more than 130 million items -- books, newspapers, periodicals, manuscripts, maps, photographs, films, sound recordings and digital materials -- are accessible through its 22 reading rooms on Capitol Hill. The Library’s newspaper collections have grown to comprise more than 1 million current issues, more than 30,000 bound historical volumes and more than 600,000 microfilm reels.
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