Internet Archive Launches TV News Archive
The Internet Archive, famous for the Way Back Machine that lets you look at archived versions of Web sites, has announced a new service called "TV News Search and Borrow." This service is a searchable online archive of television news video clips from 2009 on, with new clips added within 24 hours of the time the clip airs. From the PCMag article:
The database contains roughly 350,000 television news video clips and transcripts starting from 2009, with new clips and transcripts added every 24 hours, after the clip's original broadcast. The video is culled from U.S. national news networks and local stations in Washington D.C. and San Francisco.
The new service allows you to search and view the clips online or to "borrow" the clips for up to thirty days. The current price is pretty outrageous - $50 per clip, not including shipping and handling etc. But that might come down if the service gets more use. Brewster Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive, says the service is based on the Vanderbilt Television News archive, which has been making television news broadcasts available since 1968.
This service is not only good for journalists and news junkies, but for researchers that are interested in analyzing trends in news reports and speeches by government officials. Public information like this made available for future generations is an important step forward in democracy, transparency, and accountability.