March 28, 2020

University of Florida: $1.2 Million Digitization Project Expands Access to Florida and the Caribbean

The Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project (FPRDNP) has legitimately arrived at a resolution. A people group arranged $923,000 adventure between the University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries and the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) library system, the FPRDNP has offered access to many digitized pages of significant papers from Florida and Puerto Rico that were as of late found unmistakably on microfilm.

From 2013 to 2019, the endeavor has offered access to more than 300,000 pages of papers from 14 paper titles disseminated in Florida and four paper titles from Puerto Rico. The Pensacola Journal, the Daytona Daily News, the Florida Agriculturist, the Key West Citizen, Gaceta de Puerto Rico, and La Correspondencia de Puerto Rico are among the circulations now available to individuals as a rule.

Notwithstanding the way that the FPRNDP has completed, paper digitization attempts for the state and its Caribbean associates continue. In August 2019, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) allowed the UF Libraries $309,000 (bringing the endeavor total to over $1.2million) to continue with its digitization tries close by UPR-RP under the US Caribbean and Ethnic Florida Newspaper Project (USCFNP). This new mutual errand develops the undertakings of the FPRDNP to continue digitizing striking papers from the area and state, with an accentuation on digitizing ethnic papers from Florida. The USCFNP furthermore broadens the degree of the FPRDNP to fuse digitization of striking papers appropriated in the Virgin Islands with the help from another associate, the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI).

The USCFNP will run from September 2019 to August 2021. All digitized substance will be content available and uninhibitedly open in Chronicling America

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