Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Offers Open Access for Chinese Newspapers
Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers is the first Open Access collection coming out of the Global Press Archive CRL Charter Alliance, a multi-year collaboration between CRL (Center for Research Libraries) and East View Information Services. The collection, ultimately comprising 500,000 pages from hundreds of titles published in China between 1912 and 1949, is hosted on East View’s GPA platform with robust search functionality for multi-language content.
CRL is supporting the Global Press Archive through an alliance of 74 libraries committing money to help launch the first three years of the project. The Grinnell College Libraries are one of the charter participants. Ultimately, the Global Press Archive will include some 4.5 million pages of content, including 3 million pages of public domain material available through Open Access and a remaining 1.5 million pages of in-copyright content which will be accessible to all CRL member institutions (including Grinnell).
The Global Press Archive Alliance demonstrates how the collective influence of more than 200 academic and independent library members of CRL can leverage an opportunity to create wide accessibility for world newspapers that would otherwise be unavailable to a global audience.