16 July 2008

Building Newspaper Archives... One Login at a Time

Webware has an interesting article up today about how an initiative called Recaptcha is helping us help computers to read blurred or skewed scanned text from old newspapers... a brilliant idea, and one all genealogists can feel good about every time they login somewhere and have to prove they're human.

Chances are that if you've solved one of those distorted-word tests to secure an account with Facebook, Craigslist or Ticketmaster, you've helped The New York Times inch a little closer to digitizing its entire print newspaper archive from 1851 to 1980.

Read the rest of the article here.

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