‘Globe and Mail’ To Digitize Archive

By: Jim Rosenberg

Cold North Wind Inc. of Ottawa and Bell Globemedia have agreed to publish full-page, searchable images of the archives of The Globe and Mail on the Internet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 1.4-million-page archive represents one of Canada’s largest. The paper dates from 1844, when George Brown founded The Globe.

Sample Globe and Mail pages appear at Paper of Record, Cold North Wind’s recently launched portal for consumer access to archives of various newspapers. Built with the idea of creating the world’s largest online database of historical newspapers, it displays a searchable, full page, digital image of the original document, as it was preserved on microfilm.

Earlier this year, Cold North Wind and News Ltd., a division of News Corp., made available the first 20 years of the Melbourne Herald Sun, which was then known as the Port Phillip Herald, founded in 1840. It is the first Australian newspaper to digitize and place online its earliest archives, which may be searched and viewed by keyword or date. The first release covers 1840 to 1860, and contains approximately 30,000 full-page images. The arrangement made Australia the sixth country where Cold North Wind “developed partnerships … in creating revenue from … largely dormant archives,” said Cold North Wind CEO Bob Huggins.

In other business, Cold North Wind also partnered with Atlantic Syndication, Sarasota, Fla., which acts on the company’s behalf to promote its archives of English and Spanish-language newspapers held through agreements with newspapers around the world.

Also, Cold North Wind’s work for The Toronto Star led to an agreement between Toronto Star Newspapers’ Torstar Syndication Services division and Toronto-based Micromedia Ltd. to provide an archive for corporate and library markets. “The Toronto Star — Pages of the Past” is the digitized version of the paper’s full archive. Dating from 1894, it is accessed exclusively via Canada’s Information Resource Centre, Micromedia’s Web portal. The archive contains thousands of images such as political cartoons and birth and death notices on almost two million pages of more than 30,000 issues.

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