Google expected to take over Ottawa data firm
Bert Hill, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Friday, November 14, 2008
Google, the Internet search giant, is expected to announce today that
it has bought a vast Canadian digital database of newspaper microfilms
and other historical records from an Ottawa company.
Bob Huggins, chief executive officer of PaperOfRecord.com (POR), said
yesterday that the deal means that thousands of genealogists,
researchers and history buffs can now access information previously
locked in the dusty microfilm records of newspapers and libraries.
“We have build a vast compendium of 20 million images of newspaper
pages recording everyday life over 500 years. Much of this information
previously was not available to ordinary people.” […]