Canadian Content Online - an assessment 2011

In a recent article published by the Stratford institute, I argue that in order for Canada to remain competitive in the “knowledge economy”, we must invest more heavily in creating and preserving our digital heritage resources.

Over the last 15 years, we have digitized approximately 13% of Canada’s text based documentary heritage and less than 1% of all other multi-media. While this represents significant progress, we must do better. Canada is falling behind other nations in providing access to our national heritage

University of Victoria new contribution to Canadiana Discovery Portal

The University of Victoria has contributed metadata from their collection of Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia (1846-1871) to the Canadiana Discovery Portal.

New title for ECO subscribers: Massey-Harris Illustrated

There are currently more than 50 periodicals relating to agriculture available for subscribers on Early Canadiana Online (ECO). Dozens more are slated for digitization over the next few years. This reflects the huge role that agriculture played in the economic, social, and political spheres of 19th century Canada.

Preserving our "national" collection

A recent report published by the Library of Congress makes a very strong case for government investments in digital preservation infrastructure. Although it is a US report, the arguments are equally valid in the Canadian context.

Digging into Data Challenge: Round 2

On March 16, 2011, eight international research funders, including Canada's SSHRC, jointly announced their participation in round two of the Digging into Data Challenge, a grant competition designed to spur cutting-edge research in the humanities and social sciences.

Discovery Portal Advanced Searching

The Canadiana Discovery Portal supports a number of search capabilities that go beyond simple keyword searching. If you're having trouble finding something or want a little more control over your searches, try some of the following:

The standard search is to search for one or more keywords, but you can also search for an exact phrase. For example, compare the results you get with canada pacific railway versus "canada pacific railway".

The history of St. Patrick's Day as seen through has begun a new feature that aims to highlight the types of content available through our two major information services: the Canadiana Discovery Portal and Early Canadiana Online. The feature provides users with access to a sample of content related to a current event of issue in the news, and demonstrates the range of material available through

Arctic Research using the Canadiana Discovery Portal and ECO

Rhode Island College professor, Russell Potter has some very positive words to say about the recent launch of the Canadiana Discovery Portal. Professor Potter, a leading authority on the ill-fated Arctic Expedition of Sir John Franklin, has appeared in the NOVA documentary "Arctic Passage: Prisoners of the Ice," and is the author of "Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875".

The Canadiana API

Did you know that you can turn any search results or record view page in the Canadiana Discovery Portal into a machine-parseable XML document or JSON object simply by adding the query parameter fmt=xml or fmt=json? For example:


can be retrieved as an XML document:


Why the Canadiana Discovery Portal is a valuable information resource

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