Posted by: Rob Hof on September 9, 2008
Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search products & user experience, introduced a new Google feature Monday, a project to bring historical print newspaper archives online. Using the scanning technology it has used for books, plus some new techniques, Google has joined with a number of newspapers to digitize their archives. From the Official Google Blog’s post:
Today, we’re launching an initiative to make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives. Let’s say you want to learn more about the landing on the Moon. Try a search for [Americans walk on moon], and you’ll be able to find and read an original article from a 1969 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Not only will you be able to search these newspapers, you’ll also be able to browse through them exactly as they were printed—photographs, headlines, articles, advertisements and all.
I got a chance to sit down with Mayer after her presentation at the TechCrunch50 conference. Here’s my video with her, complete with the noise of the conference in the background (sorry), in which she talks about the project and then talks about Google’s challenges and the future of search. I also added a short second video on her thoughts on Google’s 10th birthday, which happened Sunday or, depending on what seminal event you’re counting, will happen later this month.