Digitization of Minnesota's Newspapers

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$515,469
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
Status
Ongoing
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, Programs.

Appropriation Language

Programs. $4,800,000 the first year and $4,800,000 the second year are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$515,469
Direct expenses
$515,469
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.50
Project Overview

This project will move from a development phase to an implementation phase during which the public will begin to gain access to a greater number of Minnesota newspapers from around the state on the internet. Society staff will refine and automate the newspaper management system it developed in the first phase of the project and continue to work out access agreements with publishers and also form new partnerships with many more publishers. Staff will continue the work of harvesting and archiving webonly news sources that was begun in the first phase of the project. They will also begin experimenting with digitizing existing newspaper microfilm to produce another content stream for public access. In spring 2012, staff will debut the Minnesota newspapers online project to the public.

Project Details
Minnesota Newspapers Online will move from a development phase to an implementation phase during which the public will have access to a greater number of Minnesota newspapers from around the state on the internet. Staff will refine and automate the newspaper management system it developed in the first phase of the project and continue to work out access agreements with publishers and form new partnerships with many more publishers. Staff will also continue the work of harvesting and archiving web-only news sources that was begun in the first phase of this project. In early 2012, staff will debut the Minnesota Newspapers Online project to the public.
Project Manager
First Name
Sarah
Last Name
Quimby
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55102
Phone
651-259-3370