Hi there!

Thank you so much for being part of The Motoring Archive Community.

My name is Pete Boswell (Archive Digital), I wanted to write to you to first of all thank you for joining us on our journey, but also to let you know about some of the new additions and upgrades coming to the portal over the next several weeks and months.

2015 – 2020 Now Live!

First of all, I’m delighted to announce that we have added an additional SIX years of Autocar magazines dating from 2015 right through to the end of 2020.

In addition to our vast library of magazines dating back decades, you can now enjoy some of the most recent issues that have been added to the archive for you to enjoy.

These can now be found in the Archive.

Quality Improvements

As you’re possibly aware, the Autocar archive is the biggest motoring archive of its kind anywhere in the world.

Boasting 125 years of magazines, across thousands of weekly issues.

It has taken over 7 months to scan in over 1.2 MILLION pages from the Archive and meticulously improve / create the best possible image from the original source material.

In some decades such as the 1920s, the source material had severely deteriorated, so my team and I, had to source replacement magazines to scan into the archive.

That process is ongoing and you will continue to see improved versions of the magazines appearing in the archive in the highest quality possible. We still have a problem sourcing content from 1974, but you will find that the vast majority of issues are now there, and available to enjoy.

Magazine Search

One of the challenges that we faced with an archive of over a million pages, is the ability to search in a way that would make sense to members such as yourself.

As you’re hopefully already aware, it is possible already to search the archive by visiting a magazine and entering two page mode. You can then use the yellow search magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen in order to search each magazine for a keyword, or line of text.

Site-Wide Search

However, we know that clicking on each magazine and then searching within the magazine is not an ideal way to find what you’re looking for(!) so we have been working in the background to launch a more inclusive Site Wide Search.

You can currently search by year on the site wide search, however, we’re pushing out a series of chunky upgrades to how our Site Wide Search works.

Site wide search is more complex than it sounds. Simply due to the sheer amount of content. Millions of words and context is key. However, I’m pleased to say that we have made significant progress.

As of today, you will be able to search through any issue published from the 1990s.

You can search for a car brand, a turn of phrase, an author, a number plate. Effectively any text from more than 500 issues of Autocar Magazine.

We are by no means finished. Other decades are indexing and will be released over the coming weeks. We expect the entire archive to be indexed and available within Site Wide Search by the beginning of 2022 with new issues made available for indexing each day.

Advanced Search

Site Wide Search is a process, and we will continue to upgrade and make the results easier to navigate. The first upgrade planned after all magazines have been indexed is to roll out an Advanced Search function, currently in testing, which will allow you to narrow down your search by year or by decade.

Our tech team have been working all hours over the past several months to ingest all content and to build the portal itself.

Preview

Autocar is the first motoring publication to be made available on The Motoring Archive, but it certainly won’t be the last.

We are currently in the process of scanning and onboarding additional magazines – from Classic & Sports Car through to Autosport and on to America’s version of Autocar (launched a week after Autocar in 1895); Automotive Industries Magazine.

We have opened up a new area on site for you to sample some of this content as we onboard additional publications.

Watch this space as we add more!

Thank You

Thanks for taking the time to read my update and for your patience as we roll out new features. Together, we’re building a community of motoring enthusiasts. Please don’t hesitate to drop us a comment about what you’d like to see, and we’ll happily add your suggestions to the development list for future iterations of the Archive.

Kind regards,

Pete

Pete Boswell
Archive Digital

www.archivedigital.co.uk

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