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Illusionary Order: Cautionary Notes for Online Newspapers

Mar 27, 2012 by

Illusionary Order: Cautionary Notes for Online Newspapers

Source – Illusionary Order: Cautionary Notes for Online Newspapers
Summary:
“If you have access (either through a free database or via a personal or library subscription), you can quickly find the information you need: a specific search for a last name might help you find ancestors, a search for a specific event can find historical context for it (i.e. the Christie Pits Riots, or a certain strike), and generally the results are beautiful, render relatively well, and are crucially immediate.”
“…These databases were assembled at the turn of the present century, and indeed, the Toronto Staris heralded on Paper of Records (the company responsible for the database creation) as the first newspaper in the world tohaveits entire history digitized. “
“…This is currently unavoidable with large-scale digitization projects: I am currently OCRing a large collection of word processed documents from 1997 onwards about as perfect a sample as you can get, and while the OCR under these ideal circumstances is well above 99%, it can never be perfect. “
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