Is anyone currently involved in or aware of the online delivery of historic newspapers? 


The challenge with early, densely typeset, often poor-quality newspaper print seems to be in creating a good quality digital image (preferably with an OCR search facility) which is at the same time of a reasonably small file-size to deliver online.  When this is scaled-up to cover an entire newspaper(s) print-run then the challenge is made even greater!


I’d be keen to hear of any developments or current online resources in this area.  Having recently had an important 19th century Manx newspaper re-filmed we are now looking into providing a digital search route into this rich research material.


Many thanks,




Jude Dicken (Miss)

Curator: Documentation Officer

Manx National Heritage

Kingswood Grove

Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3LY


Tel:  +44(0)1624 648000

Fax: +44(0)1624 648001






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