Search engines pounce on the newly open New York Times
September 22nd, 2007

On Tuesday at midnight this week the New York Times released its archives since 1987 from behind the previous for-pay wall that kept those archives from being searched. Already, it is possible to find articles in those archives through Google and other search engines. As an exercise in how search engines in the open Internet cut through the chaos of billions of Web pages to find what you ask them for, pick a topic that interest you, say brain science and search for it on Google with phrase like this: New York Times brain science. Articles from past months and years will now be returned for you. These will be articles that could not be found that way until now. They are a fabulous new global resource for open study and discourse.

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