Online publisher Brightsolid has worked with IBM to digitise four million pages of the British Library's historical newspaper collection for online access as part of a 10-year big data analytics project that could cost Brightsolid millions of pounds.

The online publisher was selected by the British Library in April 2010 to digitise the newspapers and it launched the British Newspaper Archive website in November 2011. Brightsolid is investing the money because it will see a finanancial return from payments for access to the digital content.

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