My friend Alan Bliss forwarded the following BBC tech story to me. (Alan, congrats on your dissertation defense at UF!)
"Search Engine Collects Historical Resources," BBC News, March 23, 2010.
A search engine is being created to help historians find useful sources. The Connected History project will link up currently separate databases of source materials.
Once complete, it will give academics or members of the public a single site that lets them search all the collections.
Once completed the search engine will index digitised books, newspapers, manuscripts, genealogical records, maps and images that date from 1500-1900. >>>