DUBLIN, Ohio, May 14, 2002—OCLC Digital & Preservation Resources will use Olive Software to help libraries provide full online searchable access to their historic newspapers so that these valuable resources can be preserved and made accessible over the World Wide Web.
Through a unique process that builds an index of every article, photograph and page, newspapers in print or on microfilm can be quickly and easily converted to digital format and delivered back to the library to make accessible via its own web site.
Olive Software enables digitization of historic materials by providing two unique benefits: making digitization practical by significantly reducing time and cost; and enabling browser-based, user-friendly access to and searching of retrospective newspaper collections. Collections digitized using Olive Software are fully searchable down to the article level.
"Through this partnership with Olive, OCLC is taking a leadership role in helping libraries preserve some of their most valuable resources," said Meg Bellinger, vice president, OCLC Digital & Preservation Resources. "The large volume of pages we can process at our facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania greatly enhances the usability of important content, creating for the first time highly functional, affordable newspaper digitization opportunities for all types and sizes of libraries to serve their users."
Olive Software technology is the first to bring together microfilm, clippings, entire saved newspaper editions, and recent digital page files in a single electronic archive in their original printed form.
Once a newspaper collection has been digitized and prepared for online access with Olive Software, a library can mount the collection on its own server or can choose to host the collection on an OCLC server. In either case, the library retains complete control over its collection, deciding whether to provide access to just its own community or to researchers worldwide. In addition, OCLC will provide a subscription-based service to provide access to selected full-text historic newspaper collections.
"Olive Software's technology provides a long-awaited solution for the digitization of newspapers and represents a quantum leap in the technology of converting newspapers into a web-accessible form by eliminating the need for re-keying text," said Ms. Bellinger. "The web interface supports high-quality research by presenting all the information in context in its originally printed form."
"Newspapers are valuable research sources for scholars," Ms. Bellinger continued. "The Olive/OCLC alliance represents a major advance in making these materials more accessible and more user friendly. Users will be able to pore over libraries' collections at their convenience. Digitized fragile materials will no longer require white-glove treatment. These materials are literally being unchained from special collections rooms and microfilm readers and will be available to users when and where they need them."
"We hope that this technology will make it possible for everyone to gain easy access to the world's historic treasures, and we believe that OCLC can help us realize that goal," said Yoni Stern, president and CEO of Olive Software. "As a solid partner with a unique market position and enormous customer base, microfilm and digitization services complementary to Olive's own, and a forward-looking strategy, OCLC will help Olive's technology reach libraries around the world, making it possible for communities to search and access written history, as it was originally printed."
Olive Software, Inc., through its ActivePaper™ product suite, is pioneering technologies for newspapers, publishers and libraries that bridge the gap between the print and online worlds. Founded in 1999, Olive features a diverse management team experienced in both publishing and technology development.