Friday, 19 July 2013

British Newspaper Archive improves

If like me you've been waiting for new content on the British Newspaper Archive, we'll have to continue to be patient.  Their page counter has been stuck at 6,941,368 for some weeks. Here's why:

You may have noticed that there has been a slow-down in the number of pages added to the site recently. There is a fantastic reason for this . . . [drumroll please] . . . We are delighted to announce that we have been busy working on upgrading our newspaper ingest and post-processing system. Once we’re up and running with the new system, this will allow us to bring you more new content, more quickly! A small downside to this is that for the next few weeks while we upgrade, there will be no new pages added to the site.
Be happy they are not as lethargic as Library and Archives Canada which have had the following notice on their site for a year or more:
In order to provide you with better service, we are currently redesigning our website. If you have difficulty finding what you are looking for, feel free to contact us.

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