OurDigitalWorld Joins CRKN as Associate Member

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OurDigitalWorld is pleased to announce that we are joining with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network as an Associate Member in 2020. OurDigitalWorld joins CRKN as its 81st member. As a member, OurDigitalWorld will benefit from closer participation in CRKN’s heritage and digitization initiatives and the opportunity to connect with members across Canada on national strategies and approaches.

“Associate membership with CRKN will allow us to expand our network to better serve communities throughout Canada,” said Loren Fantin, Executive Director of OurDigitalWorld. “Joining CRKN also consolidates the successful working relationship our organizations have had, and I look forward to continuing our productive relationship as an Associate member.”

Loren Fantin is a member of CRKN’s Heritage Content and Priorities Task Group (HCPTG) and presented on OurDigitalWorld’s digitization strategy at the 2019 CRKN Conference. OurDigitalWorld has also been a strategic partner and collaborator with CRKN through Canadiana on digitization projects for the past decade.

“OurDigitalWorld has been an active member of our stakeholder community, and I am very pleased to welcome them to CRKN as an Associate Member,” said Clare Appavoo, Executive Director of CRKN. “Their perspective will be valuable within our membership as we collaborate on shared goals within the digital heritage field.”

See the full press release at: https://www.crkn-rcdr.ca/en/ourdigitalworld-joins-crkn-associate-member 

For more information about the CRKN Members go to: https://www.crkn-rcdr.ca/en/members

ODW is online and working with you!

The ODW virtual team is ready and able to continue to provide services via our regular channels. 

As most of you will be connecting/working/living virtually in the next while, we’ll be highlighting our online heritage resources. We’ll also be providing tips for our VITA partners on showcasing their digital collections, and continuing to work with the GLAM sector on newspaper digitization projects. Stay tuned and stay well! 

Explore online digital collections with an Ontario focus

OurOntario.ca portal
OurOntario.ca currently searches almost 2.5 million photos, documents, oral histories, paintings, postcards, and exhibits, including newspaper and book pages!
Collections from 300 heritage organizations in Ontario, including more than 200 VITA platform partners

Ontario Community Newspapers and INK
Two major gateways to hundreds of digitized Ontario newspaper titles, full text and index records, over 200 years of publishing history, ranging from Windsor to Waterloo, Thunder Bay to Petawawa!
See a full list of regions covered here

Ontario Government Documents portal
Ontario government documents (PDFs) collected by the Legislative Library, with full-text search, ability to browse by subject and ministry, and serial publications.

Search our VITA Toolkit Partners’ collections and exhibits
Explore your region and beyond: Collections from Ontario, British Columbia, Illinois, Michigan, and more, including community history, heritage and current newspapers, local history books & oral histories, on every topic from military, women’s and multicultural histories to built heritage, local sites, community contributions, and more…
See what organizations are contributing and building collections, click on their site names here

Illinois Newspapers
One place to search digitized newspapers with index records for access to dozens of Chicago-area publications from Libertyville, Wilmette, Algonquin Area and more.

Using Local Newspapers for Genealogy Research

On September 10th, 2019, University of Windsor Librarian and ODW Board Member Art Rhyno gave a presentation called “Using Local Newspapers for Genealogy Research” to the Essex OGS/Essex County Branch, Ontario Ancestors. You can read a copy of his presentation slides here, and watch a video of his presentation here. Continue reading Using Local Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Digital Library Developer Intern Position: Deadline Extended to November 29, 2016

OurDigitalWorld (ODW) is seeking a Digital Library Developer for a paid internship opportunity (500 hours, full-time). The intern will be assisting on a pilot project, Phase 2 (ODW, in collaboration with the British Columbia Provincial Digital Library Initiative) to develop and test solutions for a digital library platform, mainly the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) platform, for use initially in Ontario and BC. Working in a collaborative, virtual environment the intern will help assess, create and modify tools, scripts and applications for access to digital cultural heritage collections from multiple jurisdictions.

Continue reading Digital Library Developer Intern Position: Deadline Extended to November 29, 2016

A Canadian National Heritage Digitization Strategy (Redux?)

On June 3, 2016, LAC launched work on the National Heritage Digitization Strategy: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/about-us/Pages/national-heritage-digitization-strategy.aspx.

We’re excited to have the opportunity to discuss collaborative digital strategies at the foundational assembly being held on October 14, 2016 at Library and Archives Canada.

More to follow…


New, open VITA Toolkit help site

After 7 years of wonderful service and support from the team at Orion, the O3 platform that supported our VITA Toolkit Network group space is being discontinued. This has offered ODW an opportunity to migrate all our support documentation, tips, discussions, and training materials to a new platform and open our support space to the public.

Continue reading New, open VITA Toolkit help site