Ontario’s Multicultural Community Capacity Grants

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We’re excited about a new funding program announced by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. The Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program focuses on multicultural communities in Ontario – supporting their events and sharing their stories. Small grants of up to $8,000 can get you started on an event series, digitization project, or collaboration with new partners.

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Library and Archives Canada are transcribing the Lady Agnes Macdonald diaries

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We had so much fun, we’re doing it again. Library and Archives Canada are starting a second crowdsourced transcription project, after their success with the Coltman Report project using our custom-written transcription tool.

This time: the handwritten diary of Lady Agnes Macdonald from 1867 to 1869, microfilmed years ago but never before available in a searchable format.

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The Provincial Digital Library project will demo at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries!

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Earlier this year, we were able to get funding for a Digital Library Developer position to work on the Provincial Digital Library collaboration with the British Columbia Libraries Association. Our amazing DLD, Matt Barry, has been working with Dan Sifton of Vancouver Island University, on a proof-of-concept using Supplejack to ingest heritage content from a variety of institutions and platforms.

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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!

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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.

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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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