I read the news today

Google are great (although the previous post might have led you to think I don’t always think this).

This is another reason why. Whereas before today, the Google news archive stretched back only 30 days, now you can search back 200 years. The upgrade will allow you to find articles on historical events of interest – such as the moon landing or President Kennedy’s assassination – that were written at the time, stretching back as far as the middle of the eighteenth century.

“News archive search provides a way to search and explore historical archives. Users can search for events, people, ideas and see how they have been described over time. In addition to searching for the most relevant articles for their query, users can get an historical overview of the results by browsing an automatically created timeline. Search results include both content that is accessible to all users and content that requires a fee. Articles related to a single story within a given time period are grouped together to allow users to see a broad perspective on the events. “

Project partners include the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post. Other sources include aggregators such as Factiva, owned by Dow Jones & Reuters, and LexisNexis, so there’s bound to be a US slant – but I’m not complaining. If it’s a success, I can see UK and other global resources joining the party pretty swiftly.

Aside from being a cracking example of the fusion between old & new media, this is another step towards making all information accessible to everyone (lovely stuff) – and more pertinently perhaps, another resource for us to source yet more esoteric and arcane quotes in a blatant attempt to impress!


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