On January 20, 1961 John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration, the JFK Library Foundation unveiled the country’s largest presidential digital library.
The four-year online archive digitization project, which in compressed form used about 117TB of storage, includes about 200,000 document pages; 300 reels of audio tape containing more than 1,245 individual recordings of telephone calls, speeches and meetings; 300 museum artifacts; 72 reels of film; and 1,500 photos. The sheer volume of digitized materials is unprecedented for presidential libraries whose collections were not born digitally, according to a foundation statement.
We spent some time with it and while the search interface is kludgy, the results are quite nice.