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Olive Software Releases Australia’s First Digital Archive Online System


In a move that brings researchers out of musty stacks and into the comfort of their own offices and homes, Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun Herald, has selected Olive Software to provide the platform for a digital archive of 35 years of issues, from 1955-1990. Fairfax will use Olive’s ActivePaper Archive to transform existing text and microfilm archives into a single XML-based format that makes the content available over the Web to anyone, anywhere. Previously, the archive was only available to those prepared to diligently scan through reams of microfilm.

In May 2006, Fairfax Media initially announced they would work with Smedia, a distributor of Olive Software in Australia, to digitize issues from 1955-1990. “As soon as these archives were available, the overwhelmingly positive response from our customers and their requests for even more current material led to plans to add 1991-2001 to the issues available in Olive format,” said Dean Leith, Information Services Manager at Fairfax Media.

The archive is an exact digital replica of the newspapers. All articles, photos, and advertisements are searchable by keyword and the results are returned in an exact digital reproduction of the pages as they were originally published. Customers from researchers to university students to interested readers have begun accessing the archives.

“As the newspaper industry shifts in the U.S. and around the globe, publishers are looking for new ways to not only manage their content, but capitalize on the real value of their content within the marketplace. Olive is pleased to help Fairfax Media open their archives to the public, as well as open up a new revenue stream for the company,” said Yuval Rachmilevitz, President and CEO of Olive Software.


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