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Picture libraries (and anyone who has digitised a significant amount) would attest this view. The other point not mentioned (but the complexity of which is illustrated in the detailed services description document supplied by the British Library) is the added value of metadata that was been created to help a user find the image (newspaper) in the first place. It could be argued in this case it is all done by OCR but for Picture Libraries (and all photographers/image creators) most of the metadata added is very carefully (intellectually, creatively and skillfully) thought out. If the British Library simply copied all of their newspapers with no originality all they would be left with is a vast (and useless) pile of numerical filenames.