[Ads-l] Slate article about newspaper scans removed from Google News Archive

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 26 01:31:44 UTC 2016

Slate has an article about the removal of a newspaper from the Google
News Archive (GNA). This reinforces the lesson that online bookmarks

I usually attempt to record information about citations with screen
shots (and PDFs) because I discovered years ago that the content I
found in Google Books, GNA, and online was not stable. The content
could disappear at any time. It is also helpful when researchers place
webpage content into the Internet Archive Wayback Machine database (or
attempt to do so).

Website: Slate
Timestamp: August 24 2016 4:02 PM
Section: Future Tense: The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Article: Why Milwaukee's Online Newspaper Archive Vanished Overnight
Author: Henry Grabar (Staff writer for Slate's Moneybox)


[Begin excerpt]
Michail Takach had bookmarked hundreds of articles and images from the
archives of Milwaukee’s two big newspapers, the Milwaukee Journal and
the Milwaukee Sentinel, which merged in 1995 to become the Milwaukee
Journal-Sentinel. “Each one of those was linked to a story I wanted to
tell from Milwaukee’s past,” says the volunteer historian. That
history—digitized and made searchable by the Google News Archive, a
project the internet giant began in 2006—was indispensable for Takach
when he was working on his book LGBT Milwaukee.

And then, last week, it all vanished without warning. His research was
gone. “It’s a handicap, a paralysis, to lose all those links and those
resources,” he says.
[End excerpt]

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