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Guardian Workshop Presentation

Guardian Workshop Presentation



Guardian Archive presentation-14th March 08

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  • My name is Torsten de Riese and I am here to give you a quick introduction to the recently launched Guardian and Observer Digital Archive. Guardian News and Media is the first national newspaper publisher in the UK to make its entire archive accessible to the public via its website. The vast collection covering 216 years of independent reporting by both The Guardian and The Observer was previously only available in bound volumes or on microfilm. Now, for the first time, the general public, students, teachers, researchers can browse and search this unique collection online. In November last year we launched the first phase to the general public on our website Guardian Unlimited. The launch covered the periods of 1821-1975 for The Guardian and 1900-1975 for The Observer. The remaining material will be released later this year. In December we launched our archive to UK universities and next week to US universities, where we already have 40 trials. Today, here at BETT, we are reaching another milestone, by officially launching our archive to UK schools. Our vision is to make the entire archive available to all pupils and teachers in the UK. Before I talk about the archive in more detail, please allow me a few word about the Guardian and its publishing roots.

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  • Torsten de Riese & Dan Hedley, Guardian News & Media
  • the project
    • objective:
    • to preserve the Guardian and Observer newspaper archive
    • to make the archive accessible to the public
    • facts & figures:
    • project in development for two years
    • 1.3 million pages scanned
    • contains 20 million items
    • 4 terabytes of data
    • 5,000 DVDs
  • scope of the digital archive
  • the digital archive in schools
    • the archive
    • is essential digital resource to support teaching in all core subjects
    • allows pupils to see the development of important events and their context
    • represents a valuable resource for developing research skills
    • our vision
    • access to the Digital Archive for all pupils
    • and teaching staff in the UK
    ©Durham County Council
  • Durham LEA
    • Durham LEA trial started in April 2007
    • initially assumed would be a resource for secondary age group only
    • now all pupils use it
    • Durham purchased perpetual licence to the Archive in August 2007
    “ I liked looking at the old newspapers and the types of information they put in them” – Emily, 8 ©Durham County Council ©Durham County Council