Monday, 2 November 2009

Forward Australia

Here's another example of innovation in newspaper digitization. From Australia's National Library, not only are they making text searchable newspapers available freely online at, they've also implemented a system so that anyone can correct the text. You don't even have to register if you don't want to, just correctly complete a captcha to gain entry to the editor.

As shown in the illustration, you can align the original alongside the automated translation and make corrections in the highlighted line.


Sandra said...

I wonder how many years it will be before Canadian newspapers are available in such an accessible way.
One small consolation is that I have found references to my English ancestors in a couple of English newspaper articles that had been copied to the Australian papers - a common practice I think in the early colonial days.

Anonymous said...

Google Books should try this.