This weekend: ODW’s at the Creative Commons Summit, and the IFLA News Media Conference!

We’ll be presenting on Friday April 28th at the Creative Commons Summit, about moving cultural heritage into the Digital Commons. We’ll be talking with staff from the Internet Archive and people working on projects across the world!

Canadian Cultural Heritage in the Commons

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Want to start working with Wikipedia? We can help.

Perhaps you work with a local history collection that deserves more worldwide exposure. Perhaps you’re wrists-deep in a fonds that contains fascinating correspondence with a variety of public figures. Perhaps you’ve run across a number of BMD entries of a famous family. Have you thought about using Wikipedia and Wikimedia to expose these pieces of cultural heritage?

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OurDigitalWorld will be at the Creative Commons Summit!

ODW will be leading a discussion at the Creative Commons Summit in Toronto from April 28-30th, 2017. Our session is about Canadian Cultural Heritage in the Commons, and we’ll talking about sharing options and issues for digital heritage collections, from CC to RightsStatements, from orphan works to born-digital acquisitions.

Canadian Cultural Heritage in the Commons

ODW’s VITA collections management toolkit offers the option of applying Creative Commons licenses, but we know that sometimes they don’t cover the breadth of complex scenarios, constraints, and permissions on heritage materials. Creative Commons is for rights-holders, and there are lots of other issues for standardizing permissions for cultural heritage aggregations.

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Check out our Illinois Newspapers collection!

We are delighted that heritage organizations across the world find our tools useful. Along with a few Canadian institutions outside Ontario, we have a group of libraries in Illinois working to build individual and collaborative search portals for their digitized materials.

Way back, even before we were Knowledge Ontario, we got started with our first Illinois members, the Algonquin Area Public Library District and the Wilmette Public Library.

Now we’re up to six contributors, with the addition this month of the Downers Grove Public Library and the Highland Park Public Library. These organizations are working to get their local newspapers digitized and searchable, in the collaborative Illinois Newspapers portal.

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Slides from our OLASC 2017 Sessions

We’ve uploaded the slide-decks from our two sessions at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2017:

When Things Get Personal: Privacy and Access in Online Community History

Speakers: Irene Robillard, Cindy Preece, David Bott, Melissa Redden

Bridging the Gap: Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Speakers: Stacy Allison-Cassin, Sheila Carey, Danielle Robichaud 

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Fugitive Voices: Black-run periodicals in Abolition-era Canada

165 years ago, on February 12th, 1852, Henry Bibb published an announcement in his newspaper, The Voice of the Fugitive, calling for donations to his Homes For Refugees Fund. This was the latest in a long line of advocacy and activism by Bibb; his most notable was the founding of the Voice in 1851.642px-Henry_Bibb.png

Henry Bibb was born in 1815, in Louisville, Kentucky, into slavery. He married a free black woman named Mary Miles in 1848. He escaped when he was 22 and made it to Cincinnati, but returned for his wife Mary and was recaptured. He escaped again – with Mary this time – and they made their way to Detroit, crossing over to Windsor after the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1850. They immediately began taking in refugees who had arrived in Canada through the Underground Railroad.

On January 1st, 1851, the first issue of the Voice was published in Sandwich (now Amherstburg). Bibb had also self-published his autobiography by this time – Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave. The Bibbs’ Refugee Home Society was also set up in 1851, and during its tenure settled refugees of slavery in approximately 2,000 acres in the Sandwich area. The Bibbs were often available to greet and settle newcomers personally. 

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Brant County’s VITA collections get lots of press!

Back in 2010, Brant County‘s use of VITA in their local-history digitization projects was featured in an amazing anthology: Digitization In The Real World. This book (free in PDF and other formats from the Internet Archive) is “written by practitioners for practitioners on lessons learned from small to medium-sized digitization projects.” Brant County is the only Canadian organization that contributed to the book, and does a great job of representing the process for small organizations. Archivist Misty de Meo wrote about the challenges of small budgets, the clever tactics used to circumvent it, and the importance of collaboration and partnerships with local organizations. And, of course, we love hearing people talk about their positive experiences with our VITA tools:

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Join us for the #1Lib1Ref campaign in Ontario!

1 Librarian, 1 Reference (#1Lib1Ref) started when someone realized how many claims on Wikipedia were missing citations. Participating is easy:

  1. Find an article that needs a citation (you can even use this handy randomizer!)
  2. Do some research to back up or debunk the claim
  3. Insert the reference, or edit the article to make a factual statement
  4. Add the #1Lib1Ref hashtag to your edit, in the Wikipedia Edit Summary
  5. Save the article – you’re done!

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What we’re up to at ODW!

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.

 

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