- Digitization Services
In late July Canadiana was asked to make a presentation about its digitization, preservation and access services to the Ontario Government Libraries Council in Toronto. The meeting was well attended with representatives from approximately 10 Ontario government libraries. Canadiana’s “made-in-Canada” solution to mass digitization, preservation and access was well received and generated a significant amount of discussion among the attendees. Of particular interest was the price structure, the possibility of bilingual searching and Canadiana’s move towards becoming a Trusted Digital Repository.
Canadiana is actively moving ahead with providing new “looks” to its key webpages. In July the home page for its signature Early Canadiana Online (ECO) site was updated with a bright, new, evocative design, featuring graphics which are representative of the fascinating content. ECO itself was completely updated earlier this year and the new look portal complements these fundamental changes very well.
This collaborative pilot project from the Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage Network uses First World War records from Canada's major memory institutions to illustrate the power of linked open data and the semantic web. Instead of searching for one-on-one “hits”, a documentary database is set up to explore the relationships between records; in other words, to tell their stories.
Canadiana is continuing to partner with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in developing and expanding its digital library. The design of a new portal and search page was completed some time ago and new content is continually being added.
Each month, Early Canadiana Online expands its collections as hundreds of titles pass through the scanning room. Recent additions worthy of note include:
· Some 500 issues (from 1889 to 1900) of Le samedi (Montreal), humour magazine described in the Canadian Encyclopedia as “one of the most important periodicals of the first decade of the 20th century.” Issues published during the early 1900s will soon be appearing.
· J.B. Caouette’s fictionalized account of the 1813 American invasion of Lower Canada, Le vieux muet, ou, Un héros de Châteauguay.
· L. Homfray Irving’s Officers of the British forces in Canada during the War of 1812-15, meticulously compiled from several sources, including land grant records, the Militia Orders, army lists, and obituaries found in military magazines and local newspapers. Much more than a mere listing of officers, this volume includes information about deployments and theatres served, wounds suffered, death dates, biographical details, etc. As well, short histories of the various battalions are outlined.