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The Multimedia Archive is the most extensive source of photographs and sound-clips available online. Photos, sound-clips, news text, and graphics are stored in four separate databases searchable from a single Web page. The photo and sound archives are the most important components of the site since they contain files that reach back to the 1840s and 1940s, respectively. The photographic database contains 750,000 images and the audio database 500,000 audio clips. There are also 800,000 news text files that date from January 1997, and 13,760 graphics that date from January 1999. Working in conjunction with AccuWeather, the world’s largest corporate supplier of weather information and images, AP has made large portions of its photo, sound, text and graphics archives available to schools (K–12), public, and academic libraries. AccuWeather’s mission is to supply copyright-cleared access to AP’s professional news databases to subscribers for educational purposes over the Internet, using an interface that is easily and intuitively understood by the general public. Four databases contain the various formats that comprise the multimedia collection.


This article first appeared in the October 2001 issue of The Charleston Advisor and is reprinted with permission.

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