- Digitization Services
In June 2011, Family Tree Magazine, a US based publication, named Canadiana.org as one of the top 101 websites for genealogy research. The magazine publishes articles and guidance for amateur genealogists on how to "discover, preserve and celebrate their roots". While most of the websites listed are housed in the US, they have a "Canadian Cousins" section which includes six Canadian websites - one of which is Canadiana.org.
The Canadiana Discovery Portal and Early Canadiana Online have been well established as valuable information sources for the scholarly community. However, as the content available through these services increases, so does their use by the general public; including people who are interested in local or Canadian history and/or researching their own family genealogy.
For example, digitized newspapers and magazines have become popular tools for genealogists for discovering details about ancestors lives—details that are often unavailable elsewhere. Ancestry.ca explains, “Historical newspapers give us the remarkable ability to see history through eyewitness accounts... With just a few clicks of the mouse, we can view a news item or an obituary from yesterday or from a hundred years ago.”
Canadiana.org is the perfect place to start for those researching local history or genealogy. Through Canadiana.org, users can read thousands of local and national historical publications, such as Canadian Farmers Gazette, Manitobia, Montreal Life and many, many more, going back to Confederation and beyond.
While much of the content at Canadiana.org is freely available to all over the internet, a subscription is required for some of the Early Canadiana Online publications. Due to overwhelming public interest in our resources, Canadiana has introduced a new reduced membership subscription of $100.00 with a $50.00 charitable donation tax receipt.
Canadiana.org will be adopting a new, simplified membership model. The new model simplifies the fee structure to enable more types of members including institutions, associations, corporations and individuals. In addition, all members will now receive a subscription to the entire text corpus of Early Canadiana Online (ECO), a database containing over three million pages of material published from the time of the first European settlers to the first two decades of the 20th Century.
Canadiana.org currently has two revenue streams: subscriptions to Early Canadiana Online (ECO) and memberships in Canadiana.org. Current membership fees are based on a library’s budget which is not appropriate for many potential members. The new membership model is proposed in order to:
In the new model, there will be four membership levels: Foundation, Governing, Associate and Individual. Membership in Canadiana.org enables individuals and organizations to become part of a vibrant community of memory institutions, government departments, galleries, local history societies, genealogical societies and like-minded individuals committed to digitizing, preserving, and providing access to Canada’s documentary heritage online.
At the Annual General Meeting in June 2011, Lynn Copeland, President of Canadiana.org, recognized several members of the Canadiana staff for their long and exemplary service to the organization. The staff honoured were:
Close to 5000 new periodical issues (135,000 pages) have been added to Early Canadiana Online (ECO) since we last reported ECO stats in February.
Some of the recently added titles include: 213 additional issues of The Canadian Illustrated News, La Gazette médicale de Montréal, The Philatelic Messenger, Nova Scotia Illustrated, Le violon, Album de la Minerve, Canada Lumberman, The Monetary Times, Trade Review and Insurance Chronicle, Le Moniteur du commerce, and The British Columbia Mining Record.
One new feature that we are excited about is the introduction of colour images to ECO. Whenever feasible, we will be using colour scanning in those instances where a periodical can most benefit from it. The periodicals that will be scanned in colour are ones that often have striking illustrations, such as The Canadian Architect and Builder (vols. 7-20), or, that were originally published in colour, such as the women’s journal, The Delineator. Currently there are over 360 colour issues in ECO, with many more to be added in the coming months.
Canadiana.org wants to make it as easy as possible for organizations to contribute metadata for indexing into the Discovery Portal.
If your organization has an OAI repository, simply send us a link to the repository root along with any special instructions about which collections you'd like us to index or ignore, or what metadata format(s) you recommend, and we'll begin harvesting.
You can also send us the metadata in whatever format available and Canadiana.org will modify it so that it can be used in the Discovery Portal. We accept all standard formats, such as MODS, MARCXML, Dublin Core, but we'll also make every effort to ensure content with non-standardized metadata can be made available through the portal.
Canadiana will also index full text (e.g. OCR). If the text is separate from the bibliographic record, we may need some further coordination or discussion in order to be able to match the text with the appropriate metadata and page URLs.
Canadiana currently accepts metadata contributions from institutions such as universities, museums, libraries, art galleries and metadata aggregators at the provincial level. Future plans, however, include providing the capability for private individuals to contribute digital information.
Organizations wishing to contribute metadata to the Canadiana Discovery Portal can contact Canadiana.org at 613 235-2628 ext.231 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org