Friday, March 06, 2009
Questions for Newspaperarchive.com?
The interview is tentatively scheduled to appear in the next issue of Hogan's Alley.
Hmm. Could you give me an example? I know the archives are by no means perfect, but I've certainly seen very few of their archived papers be limited to a few per years.
Of course, for comic fans it would be great if they included a vertical word search as well for those strips that have the name of the strip along the side...
Tricky question. How is their relation to copyrigh issues? If I take a strip from their archives and put it on my blog, are there additional copyright issues I should take into account (apart from not using images that are still copyrighted in themselves)?
Let me take a crack at those:
1. The search engine doesn't really 'know' that it's searching a particular paper. A search on a specific paper just knows that it didn't find any results and reports that. Instead use "Browse Available Papers" to see which dates the site has available.
2. OCR software isn't nearly smart enough yet to recognize when text is vertical rather than the expected horizontal, especially on lo-res images from microfilm. Check back in a few years.
3. I've asked about copyrights, but not secondary use. I'll definitely ask that.
Like Ger mentioned, you do have to be careful about the original copyright - but for the older content, you can go ahead and post images. We do require a citation or link back to the site so we're credited. But have fun with the newspaper pages!