2c5658ba-2a52-4ace-acfd-9b72c04cbb32National Digital Strategy

ODW Director Loren Fantin joined leaders from the National Library of the Netherlands, Library & Archives Canada and others at the Canadian National Heritage Digitization Strategy Foundational Assembly in October, to discuss the global digital collaboration strategies and to strike a National Steering Committee to guide Canada in implementing a much-needed national digital strategy.


Digital Curation & Microfiche

Presenting at the 2016 OCUL Digital Curation Summit, Art Rhyno highlighted his cutting edge approaches to digitizing microfilm and fiche, using photographic technology. Universities in particular are enthusiastic about digitizing newspaper collections, but the results from microfiche often are more disastrous than progressive as we move from analogue to digital. See his full slideshow. 

Cultural Heritage & Social Change

November saw the first Summit on Cultural Heritage and Social Change in New Orleans and ODW was there! The unconference brought together representatives from across the GLAM sector to discuss the creation and implementation of policy and strategies to support social change, empower local communities and build cultural equity.

Transcribing Canada’s Heritage

The successful pilot project with LAC using ODW’s transcription tools for the Coltman Report harnessed volunteers from across provincial and global borders, and the energetic response suggests that crowd-sourced transcription can be applied to many collections, large and small, in the future. Stay tuned for the next transcription project. See the LAC blog posting.

Indigenous Cultural Rights & Digitization

Practicum student, Mark Fellin from the UToronto iSchool, is researching indigenous cultural rights for digital collections and examining how our tools can be more inclusive for indigenous communities as their cultural and heritage objects and collections are digitized and made accessible online.

Welcome Allana Mayer & Matthew Barry

We’re pleased to welcome Allana Mayer as Media Coordinator, and Matthew Barry as Digital Library Developer to the ODW team, funded by the Youth Internship Program of the Industry Canada.


More Community Newspapers collections…

Ontario’s newspaper collections keep growing, plus more from Illinois!

Clarington Public Library

  • The complete set of newspapers from Clarington area are online now
  • Browse & search ~150,000 pages from Orono, Bowmanville & Clarington area!

Coming soon…

  • More Kawartha Lakes area newspaper titles and issues, from Lindsay to Bobcaygeon and Omemee!
  • Highland Park and Downers Grove Public Libraries from Illinois are adding community newspapers & index records

Plan your OLA Super Conference 2017

When Things Get Personal: Digitizing Your Community History
Thursday, February 2 10:45AM

Join ODW and our panel to discuss examples of personal information requests, policies and management from community newspapers & indexes, school publications, and Tweedsmuir histories. We’ll discuss some real-life experiences of the ethics and challenges of undertaking community digitization projects to start the conversation.
Bridging the Gap: Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, Museums
Friday, February 3 2PM

Learn more about Linked Open Data and why it is important to/for the LAM Community. Our panel will address issues in collaborating on LOD projects across LAM institutions and the current state of LOD in Canada.