Google’s stopping of newspaper archive digitization a blow to history  

Google made an announcement a few months ago that, to me, is a blow to the study of history and a hitch in the search giant’s plan to organize the world’s knowledge.

Google notified participating papers, like the Post-Gazette, that it was ending its project to convert newspaper microfilm archives to digital form and post them on the Web in searchable form.

Google says it will maintain the archives from 2,000 newspapers that it has already scanned and keep them available for free.


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