Freedom digital archiving project

Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by Rob Ray, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. Rob Ray

    Rob Ray Irony is well sad

    Might be of interest to a few folks round here, we've been collating/digitising some of our archives of Freedom anarchist newspaper over the last few months and have now got well over 500 issues online (I reckon around a fifth of the total, give or take) — though it's a bit of a random assortment in places. It's navigable by decade and most of what's there is machine readable (ie. you can copy-paste direct from the relevant PDF).

    Quality varies, as it's being done by a mix of collating whatever's already online, some proper scanning and some just being photos taken page by page (especially with the larger/more fragile stuff). Anyway enjoy (if it's your sort of bag ;)):

    The Freedom Press Newspaper Archive
     
  2. Rob Ray

    Rob Ray Irony is well sad

    Quick update: A further 278 issues have been uploaded in the last month, including but not limited to:

    1906-1916, mostly full sets
    1936-39 (when what was to become the new collective was producing Spain and the World/Revolt in support of the CNT-FAI)
    1960-61, mostly full sets
    1970s, assorted
    2000s, assorted

    Bringing us to 817 issues since October, approx 200 a month. There's still a chunk of 60s, 70s and 2010s stuff which will be easily scannable in Freedom's physical archive, so plenty left to do, but that'll be most of the low-hanging fruit, so to speak. Getting hold of 1890s/1940s stuff in particular may require some sort of grab from a major archive.
     
  3. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    Is the archive searchable?
     
  4. Rob Ray

    Rob Ray Irony is well sad

    Not as in googling, but if you know the approx date the PDFs have mostly been OCR'd so can be searched individually.
     
  5. Rob Ray

    Rob Ray Irony is well sad

    Edit: Google's now caught up with a fair number of the pdfs, so searches such as this are (not entirely reliably) bringing up results imposs1904.

    Also 1900 and most of 1966/67 are now up, and I've done a more in-depth bloggy piece on the process over at libcom.
     
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2018
  6. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Good work :thumbs:
     
  7. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Up against the wall motherfucker.

    Yeah, great project and effort, thanks to those doing it.
     
  8. Rob Ray

    Rob Ray Irony is well sad

    Just passed 1,000 issues!
     

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