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July 7, 2016
Vickery Bowles selected to be Vice President of
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library, as Vice President of Canadiana.
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July 4, 2016 and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) Engage in Joint Exploration and CRKN, two organizations deeply rooted in digital information and in providing access to content across Canada, are jointly exploring strengthening their relationship and the potential of a combined organizational structure.
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April 26, 2016
Aboriginal Soldiers Documented: Online Archive Launches
Biographical details for 8,300 soldiers compiled and searchable online in project commemorating Canada's aboriginal World Wars veterans.
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March 10, 2016
Architectural and urban history enhanced by digitization
Early Canadian Periodicals recently completed a set of 1,500 landmark publications documenting the early history of professional architecture, urban planning, and municipal governance in Canada.
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February 23, 2016 announces 2016 Digital History Essay Prize
The 2016 Digital History Essay Prize will be awarded to students registered at a Canadian university who demonstrate the most compelling use of digitized historical content in their scholarly research.
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February 4, 2016 preserves 19th-century religious periodicals
The Early Canadian Periodicals project recently added approximately 1,000 issues of religious publications to its rich source material in religion and spirituality. 
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November 30, 2015
Solutions for connecting Canada's online cultural heritage
Scholarly and Research Communication published's rationale and strategy for restructuring documentary heritage metadata to enhance discovery and access.
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November 21, 2015
Héritage Project tackles missing reels
The Héritage Project has made available 21,187 digitized reels out of a projected ~22,700, and work is ongoing to tackle incomplete collections systematically by tracking down remaining reels.
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July 22, 2015 named one of Canada's Best Genealogy Websites
For the fourth time in five years, Family Tree Magazine has named one of the Best Canadian Genealogy Websites. 
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July 16, 2015
Early women's magazines added in 2015
As part of the Early Canadian Periodicals project to ditigally preserve all Canadian magazines up to 1920, continued to digitize a selection of popular early women's magazines for online access in 2014-15.
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July 9, 2015 certified as Trustworthy Repository has achieved certification as a Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR) through the internationally-recognized Center for Research Libraries assessment program.
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June 25, 2015 elects 2015 Board of Directors
At the June 19 Annual General Meeting, welcomed the addition of eminent librarians and representatives of leading memory institutions to its Board of Directors.
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June 3, 2015
Digital History Essay Prize awarded to Queen's University student
On June 2, awarded the 2015 Digital History Essay Prize to Peter Anderson, PhD Candidate at Queen's University.
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June 3, 2015 and partners achieve digitization record with 21 million pages
In 2014, and its partners processed some 21 million pages, achieving the highest output of Canadian historical records ever digitized in a single year.
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June 2, 2015
Early student periodicals added in 2015
As part of the Early Canadian Periodicals project, substantially enriched its collection of historical student publications in 2014-15, with a wide range of titles from the Maritimes, British Columbia, and Quebec.
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March 3, 2015 accelerates local and regional newspaper digitization is partnering with holders of microfilm newspaper content across Canada to provide free, convenient online access and discovery to local and regional papers.
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March 2, 2015 Digital History Essay Prize
The 2015 Digital History Essay Prize will be awarded to students who demonstrate the most compelling use of digitized historical content in their scholarly research.
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February 26, 2015
Héritage Project Priorities Survey
The Heritage Project seeks feedback to determine transcription priorities for the large volumes of digitized archival sources now available.
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November 28, 2014
New Health and Medicine titles, 2014
This new installment of medical periodicals enhances access to important primary sources for students and scholars of Canadian medical history, including titles from Western Canada, Quebec, and the Maritimes.
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November 7, 2014
New First World War military newspaper titles
Early Canadiana Online continues to expand its database of First World War military journalism, with the addition of six primary-source titles scanned from original documents in luscious colour.
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September 9, 2014
Digitizing registers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
As part of the centennial of the First World War, is digitizing unit registers, or nominal rolls, listing the names and key enlistment information for Canadian Expeditionary Force recruits.
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August 1, 2014 three-peats on Best Genealogy Websites list
For the third time, Family Tree Magazine has named one of the Best Canadian Genealogy Websites, emphasizing Canadiana's role as a digitizer of both published and archival content. 
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July 24, 2014
Canadiana seeks feedback to improve genealogy collections
As the Heritage Project moves to transcribe large volumes of archival sources for genealogy research, Canadiana seeks feedback in choosing which collections to make accessible first.
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May 20, 2014
New titles in religion and philosophy
A wide range of 19th-century religious publications is now accessible for digital humanities research, helping to trace the religious and social thought of many denominations and their influence on the development of Canada.
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May 12, 2014 supports Digital Humanities research is working with scholars in a wide variety of fields to make humanities data available to scholars for digital research and computing projects.
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May 5, 2014 Seeks Metadata Architect is seeking a metadata architect to manage strategies, standards and practices for the creation and application of digital collections metadata. 
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April 22, 2014
Héritage Reaches milestone of 15 million pages
Heritage, a project to digitize and provide access to vast troves of unpublished archival material, reached a milestone of 15 million pages digitized by and Library and Archive Canada.
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February 12, 2014
Héritage forms Priority Advisory Groups
To steer its digitization efforts, the Heritage Project has nominated Priority Advisory Groups from a broad a base of stakeholders, including librarians, academics, genealogists and the public.
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February 12, 2014
Héritage forms Metadata Consultations Group
Distinguished Canadian archivists, librarians and scholars have been invited to form a Metadata Consultations Groups to advise on metadata and linking standards used in the Heritage Project.
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January 23, 2014
New titles in law and jurisprudence
This collection of law periodicals is essential to understanding the historical norms and standards of lawmaking and its impact on the social, economic and cultural life of early Canada.
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November 20, 2013
Historical debates of the Parliament of Canada launches a new digital library providing access to the historical debates of the Parliament of Canada.
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October 29, 2013
New Health and Medicine titles
This latest installment of medical monographs and periodicals continue to explore a range of health care practices and concerns in Canada, including home care, military medicine, and alternative treatments.
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September 9, 2013
Early Canadiana Online adds monthly subscriptions
In an effort to further expand access to Canada's print heritage beyond research institutions, is adding new access options for individuals and unaffiliated scholars.
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August 29, 2013
Library and Archives Canada and partner on digitization
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and have strengthened their long-standing partnership to considerably increase access to Canada’s documentary heritage by way of a large-scale digitization partnership involving about 60 million images from numerous collections.
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July 26, 2013 elects 2013-15 Board of Directors
Six distinguished scholars and archivists were elected to the Board of Directors from candidate pools nominated by Foundation- and Governing-level members.
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July 2, 2013
Ron Walker presents to the Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada
At the Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada annual conference, July 3-4 in Ottawa, outlined strategies for long-term, sustainable funding of digitization projects
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July 2, 2013 exhibits at ALA Chicago 2013
The Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA) took place from June 28 to July 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, and for the first time in its 35-year history, participated as an exhibitor.
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June 17, 2013
Héritage project launched
The Héritage project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 60 million pages of primary-source documents.
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April 22, 2013
Preserving Canadian advertising art
This latest collection showcases advertising from lavishly-illustrated Canadian magazines, digitized and preserved as part of the Early Canadian Periodicals project.
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April 14, 2013
Digitizing Ontario's local and family history has substantially bolstered collection efforts in genealogy and local history, providing and enhancing access to materials that chronicle the settlement, industry, culture and politics of Upper Canada and early Ontario.
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February 5, 2013
Preserving Canada's flavourful history
Food history has become a major focus of's acquisition and preservation efforts, resulting in a collection that reaches back to the origins of Canada’s published culinary history.
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December 3, 2012
Rare First World War government publications now online
These rare primary source materials, borrowed and digitized from Library and Archives Canada, trace the federal government's massive advertising and propaganda campaign of 1918-9.
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November 10, 2012
Digitizing First World War Honour Rolls
These memorial volumes are an essential resource for investigating the attitudes, behaviours, and rituals of a society experiencing bereavement and collective trauma on a mass scale.
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November 9, 2012
New collection of First World War journalism
This collection of First World War military newspapers, or "trench journals," was produced as part of the Early Canadian Periodicals project for its valuable insights into the social and cultural responses to war among Canadian expeditionary soldiers.
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November 6, 2012
New collection of early student periodicals
Drawing on a mix of microfilm and new archival material, this collection brings to the table essential resources in the history of Canadian higher education, highlighting the important contributions of college and university journalism to Canadian literature, politics, and society.
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September 30, 2012
Early women's magazines digitized and accessible
Early magazines and periodicals are prized by social sciences scholars as a window into all aspects of social life. As part of our project to preserve all Canadian magazines prior 1920, has produced a collection of key women's magazines for Early Canadian Online.
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September 10, 2012 repeats on Best Genealogy Websites list
For the second straight year, Family Tree Magazine has named one of the 101 Best Websites for Genealogy.
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July 11, 2012
Out of the Trenches: A Linked Open Data Project
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.
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June 28, 2012
National portal to preserve Canada’s War of 1812 history
Canada’s research libraries are launching a platform to collect and share surviving War of 1812 heritage. The War of 1812 Digital Collection is an open-access database allowing users to search and display diverse artefacts held by Canada’s libraries, museums, and archives.
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March 22, 2012
Launching the Canadian Digital Preservation Initiative is pleased to join the Canadian Digital Preservation Initiative, a network of organizations committed to preserving long-term access to Canada’s digital resources.
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February 9, 2012
Partnership with Canada's universities renewed and 46 member libraries from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network signed a three-year Early Canadiana Online license agreement to December 2014.
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January 18, 2012
Early Canadiana Online beta released is replacing its original Early Canadiana Online research platform with a faster and more flexible site open to the public for the first time.
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November 28, 2011
British Columbia historical newspapers on the Canadiana Discovery Portal
The University of British Columbia library recently completed the digitization of historic British Columbia newspapers and has made the metadata available to Canadiana for accessing them through the Canadiana Discovery Portal.
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June 6, 2011 named one of 101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2011
Family Tree Magazine, a U.S.-based publication, has named as one of the top 101 websites for genealogy research.
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