The Associated Press (AP) has turned to digital preservation specialist Preservica to safeguard its corporate records and news wire services. CMS Wire brought this interesting information to us in their article, “This Big Data Archives Project Dates to 1848.”

Established in 1846, AP continues its effort to preserve and make accessible its near 170-year-old records, including reporters’ notes, images, videos and millions of new and historical wire feeds. Data preservation efforts begin with archives beginning in 1848. The archives primarily serve AP journalists and staff, but it is also open to outside researchers.

The AP is using Preservica’s Cloud Edition to automate the process of ensuring digital content remains readable and useable into the future, especially such historical documents as pencil edits on a news report that President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

“You can actually see the letters cascading down each page, evidence that the editor was pulling the paper out of the teletype while it was still printing,” said Valerie Komor, director of the Associated Press’ Corporate Archives project.

Melody K. Smith

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