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FOCAL Members Invited to News Archive Plus Demonstration of the Daily Mirror Archive

1 January 2007

The Association of UK Media Librarians invites you to hear Catherine Bonser, Director of NewsArchivePlus discuss how the company makes historic newspaper archives available online to library and education markets. This will include a demonstration of the Daily Mirror archive which contains over 1 million pages and is fully searchable. More details can be found below and on the company's website:

Date: Tuesday 6th February

Time: 6.30pm
Address: Economist Intelligence Unit, 26 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4HQ Nearest tube: Holborn

Free for AUKML and FOCAL members, £5 non-members.
Places will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Email if you'd like to attend.

NewsArchivePlus Ltd. has been, established to make historic newspapers available to the library and education markets, as well as to the general public, primarily for genealogy and family history research.
NewsArchivePlus is working in two ways, firstly with newspaper publishers to make their archives available online and secondly with libraries and archives to make out of copyright newspaper materials available online.
Libraries and archives.
NewsArchivePlus has established a Library Newspaper co-operative.
To join the co-operative libraries and archives will commit to being a member of the co-operative for three years and pay an annual subscription. For their subscription, they will have a fixed number of pages digitised each year of their membership, and these pages will be added to the shared archive. As a member of the co-operative, they will then gain access to all the pages digitised by the members. It is hoped that by working co-operatively, libraries can digitise a full run of a title and thus make it available in digital format for their users.
Apart from the obvious advantages of having fully searchable pages, by joining the co-operative, the libraries can benefit from leaving NewsArchivePlus to look after the technical side of hosting the archive and ensuring that the data is migrated to new platforms as necessary. This means that the libraries only have to pay for the digitisation costs (which due to the co-operative are very competitive) and not all of the associated hardware and software costs.

Daily Mirror

NewsArchivePlus is marketing the Daily Mirror digital archive, a national paper published since 1903 to libraries and educational institutions. The archive consists of approximately 1.25 million pages which are fully searchable. The archive is proving to be a popular resource for all types of educational institutions from schools to post graduate schools.

We will also be adding a number of regional titles from the Trinity Mirror Group such as; the Sunday People- began publishing 1881 and the Daily Herald, The Daily Record –Glasgow 1852.
The archives will be the full archive of the newspaper, every issue, since the title was first published. This is quite unique as most newspaper archives do not cover the full archive. Also, the pages will be a fully searchable digital facsimile of the newspaper rather than re-keyed text.
The regional titles will also be available to individuals via the website through subscriptions with varying lengths from 24 hours, a week, a month, or a year.

Caren Archive:

NewsArchivePlus is working with a private newspaper collector, Eric Caren, to make his 16th, 17th and 18th Century collections available online. The initial collection will consist of approximately 20,000 pages from unique newspapers from this period.

Following the introduction of the initial collection, we will continue to add further materials from The Caren Archive, enabling us to make available newspapers about key events (written at the time of the event) in the UK and the USA through to the 20th Century. These materials will be available to libraries and education institutions via annual subscriptions.