Youth Team Sub
Jan 30, 2014, 1:52 PM
Location: South Coast
Team(s): Eastleigh; ex Malden Town, Kingstonian; Luton T ; Aldershot; Kings Langley
Re: [E&E Fred] Update on digital version of papers held at Colindale Library
If they are digitised then presumably anyone can access them online after payment of their subscription, which last year was about £80 I recall.Stlll is £80 to get a year's unlimited access to the British Newspaper Archive (BNA) on line. This is a commercial venture by Brightsolid in conjunction with the British Library much as Ancestry is with the National Archives at Kew. Both cost you a similar amount but you can use the database free if you physically go to one of the British Library reading rooms (or to Kew).
The downside for footy fans is that the pre-1900 papers are being done first and then the more popular post-1900 ones. The BNA is being very coy about the % currently available compared with the experience at Colindale. What is clear from searching on the BNA site is that we may have a very long wait for post-1930 local papers to go on line. I'm not sure about their resources but Brightsolid have now taken on another major project with the Imperial War Museum to put all the WW1 War Diaries on line which seems to have priority over other projects.
What is not clear is how many of the hard copy original newspapers that we could read at Colindale, if any, will be available at Boston Spa or whether we will only be able to access the Brightsolid on-line copies.
My experiences at Kew do not fill me with confidence. One can no longer access the original papers if they have been scanned on to Ancestry. Unfortunately the quality of many scanned papers on Ancestry were poor - out of focus, partly missing pages and mis-cataloging were commonplace to begin with. Things have improved but once a poorly scanned item is on the database it's been a real issue to get them re-scanned.
When one reads cheerful predictions suggesting that the bulk of the work will be done by the end of 2014, I do wonder such what % of papers will be on-line by then.
(This post was edited by taylov on Jan 30, 2014, 1:54 PM)