Spring 2011 Canadiana.org Newsletter

New reduced membership fees for individuals

In response to numerous requests by the general public, Canadiana.org has announced a new individual membership fee of $100. The fee has been reduced from $400 per individual and will enable much greater participation by the public in Canadiana.org activities. Also, subscribers are eligible to receive a $50 tax receipt.

Members benefit by obtaining 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. The subscription also allows members to download PDF copies of the documents.

In addition, joining Canadiana.org lets people play a more active role in the organization. Members 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.

For more information about how to become a Canadiana.org member and subscriber to ECO, please visit this page of our website.

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada library digital collection now on-line at Canadiana.org

The Canadian Agriculture Library, home to one of the most comprehensive collections on agriculture and agri-food in Canada, turned 100 years old in 2010. In honour of the anniversary the library undertook a project to digitize selected works from departmental publications that showcase the Canadian Department of Agriculture’s history, organization and work.

Canadiana.org was commissioned to develop the Canadian Agriculture Library portal which provides access to over about 10,000 pages of material from their collection - representing about 350 items and 100 titles.  All of the documents in this collection are also accessible directly through the Canadiana Discovery Portal.

The collection covers a range of topics including the history of the Canadian Experimental Farm, overviews of farming practices in Canada over the last century, detailed histories of the Department of Agriculture, weekly radio talks given by the Dominion Department of Agriculture over the network of the then CBC radio network in 1934 and 1935, and many other fascinating topics for anyone interested in Canada’s agricultural past.

A million articles from Manitobia currently accessible through the Canadiana Discovery Portal

Manitobia, an initiative providing access to historically significant documents and publications about Manitoba, has now contributed approximately 1 million articles to the Canadiana Discovery Portal. The articles are from a variety of historic Manitoba newspapers, including the Manitoba Free Press, the Winnipeg Tribune, the Brandon Sun Weekly and Le Métis. They provide a fascinating insight into the life and times of the people of Manitoba from the latter part of the 19th century to modern times.

Of particular interest to many are articles dealing with Louis Riel and the history of the Métis as well as the many accounts of the Winnipeg General Strike in 1919.

Contributing content to the Canadiana Discovery Portal

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 info@canadiana.ca

New titles added to Early Canadiana Online in 2010/2011

183 fascinating new titles have been added to ECO during 2010/2011. Here is the whole list.