Google’s News Archive Project Ends.
The News Archive project of Google, which made the digital archival of newspapers are generally a great deal for smaller newspaper industries as this will be very helpful for them to cost lower expenses. Of course, fees are being exacted from newspapers and stipulation of rights for the said deal.
However, shortly in an email sent recently too many newspaper partners, Google is giving notice that they are going to end the scanning project and will no longer provide any functionality nor updates. Consequently, they are waiving any rights on the said materials, though users can still accessed the previously scanned news materials at the News Archive site.
Google has also announced that they are going to shift their focus on latest projects that are deeming to help the industry. One system that is being made mentions is the Google One Pass. Apparently, this is a payment system mainly favorable for the publishers.
Accordingly, this system “enables publishers to set the terms for access to their digital content.” Also, Google One Pass is said to provide a system for user authentication, payment processing, and administration of which will give numerous benefits for the publishers such as creating high quality content for their readers, flexibility over payment models and control over the digital content. This deal is seemingly more attractive, a factor that led to the abandoning of News Archive project.
For five years, Google has carried out the scanning and index archival of tremendous newspaper materials from its various partners, but not all materials were scanned and indexed. Even so, this incomplete task gives favorable effect for the newspaper industry.
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