Fairfax Media, publisher of Australia’s The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun Herald, has selected Olive Software to provide the platform for a digital archive of issues dating from 1955 to 1990.
Fairfax will use Olive’s ActivePaper Archive to transform existing text and microfilm archives into a single XML-based format that makes the content available over the web to anyone, anywhere. Previously, the archive was only available to those prepared to scan through reams of microfilm.
The archive is an exact digital replica of the newspapers. All articles, photos, and advertisements are searchable by keyword and the results are returned in an exact digital reproduction of the pages as they were originally published.
The Sydney Morning Herald is bringing nearly 1,000,000 pages of archives online. A variety of subscriptions are available for private individuals, as well as companies, institutions, government and libraries.
Other newspapers including the Irish Times, The Scotsman, Denver Newspaper Agency, the Times of India and SingTao Publishing Group have also deployed Olive’s software to digitize their news archives.