|National Archives & Google in Pilot Project to Digitize Historic Films|
| 5:35 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Co-Founder and President of Technology Sergey Brin today announced the launch of a pilot program to make holdings of the National Archives available for free online. This non-exclusive agreement will enable researchers and the general public to access a diverse collection of historic movies, documentaries and other films from the National Archives via Google Video as well as the National Archives website. |
National Archives and Google Launch Pilot Project to Digitize and Offer Historic Films Online
| 6:30 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I wonder aloud - are these films in the public domain, and will the average Joe be able to own a copy for editing and/or dissemination free of charge?
Either way, this seems like a win-win for Google and the National Archives.
| 6:43 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Bad news for those in the public domain biz:)
| 1:24 am on Feb 25, 2006 (gmt 0)|
And how good a resolution will the video be?
What would be really nice is high-res access to *all* the material. Right now, if you want, say, a high-res photo in the archives taken from the Korean War, you've got to find out where it is in the archives, then pay some third-party company to pull it out, scan it, and send you a CD-ROM. If the intent was to keep most citizens from having access, it's a very successful program.
I wish there was a law that said once private individuals were paying, collectively, more than a million dollars per year for some kind of government data (created by taxpayer dollars), then the government has to just go ahead and make that data available online for free.
| 9:55 am on Mar 2, 2006 (gmt 0)|
It's going to be really interesting to see how this pans out. It seems to be a bit along the lines of the Google Books Library project, but for video.