Today's Salt Lake Tribune has an interesting article about Footnote.com, the sponsors of this newsletter. The article states that Footnote.com is “a tiny company is out to digitize the world, one historical document and photograph after another.”
The article also states:
And in so doing, Footnote Inc. hopes to accomplish a couple of things - bring easy Internet access to millions of documents and tap a bunch of niche populations willing to pay for that access.
In January, Footnote Inc. signed a deal with the National Archives and Records Administration, the small agency that cares for billions of documents generated by the federal government since its inception. Footnote agreed to produce digital copies for the National Archives for free in exchange for allowing it to make the images available for a charge on its Web site, www.footnote.com.
"We think we can digitize the world; the problem is it's not going to get funded," said Russell W. Wilding, CEO of Footnote. "So the way you fund it is if it's a commercially viable opportunity and the market really wants it, they'll pay to subscribe to it."
You can read the full article written by Tom Harvey at http://www.sltrib.com/technology/ci_6857613.