Gramophone Archive - Any Progress On Old Scans?

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shirozaemon
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Gramophone Archive - Any Progress On Old Scans?

Gramophone Archive is an invaluable source of information on several trends of music, including British dance bands of the Swing Era. While The Melody Maker's online archive is still a dream, this is THE ONLY knowledge base available worldwide.

However, 1) many pages of early decades are skipped (on purpose?), and 2) many pages are recognized so poorly that one could hardly read them. Plus, 3) the scans themselves (pictures) should be larger - to read, proofread, to be able to distinguish titles and authors' signatures, which are often omitted in recognized text (which makes it an invalid reference, you know).

Luca Da Re
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Dear Shirozaemon,

Thank you for comments regarding the Gramophone archive - we're sorry to hear that you are finding the user experience frustrating. Sadly, we were forced to removed the PDFs from the site to reduce the amount of our content being pirated elsewhere on the internet. As this pirating breached our copyright contracts with our image providers, we had no choice but to take down the PDFs. We also share your frustration regarding the quality of the OCR results and work is ongoing to improve these, but with over 100,000 pages to work through it will take some time.

Please do remember that the archive was launched as a free service 5 years ago now and in that time technology has improved dramatically. We are looking at ways of improving its functionality to address some of the problems you have raised, however.

Many thanks for your comments and your continued support of Gramophone.

Luca Da Re

Brand Manager, Gramophone

amabelmathews89
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RE: Gramophone Archive - Any Progress On Old Scans?

Gramophone Archive is an invaluable source of information on several trends of music, including British dance bands of the Swing Era. While The Melody Maker's online archive is still a dream, this is THE ONLY knowledge base available worldwide.

 

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