Just a reminder of all the ways to find us at the OLA SuperConference in Toronto tomorrow:
Our best wishes for health and happiness in the new year!
The ODW offices will be closed from December 24th to January 2nd. We look forward to working with you in 2019!
Our INK and GovDocs collections will be unavailable until December 26th for planned downtime over the holidays. Many newspapers will still be available at search.ourontario.ca and many government documents will still be available on the Internet Archive at archive.org/details/governmentpublications.
Our best wishes for the holidays and the coming year. We’ve got some exciting projects in store for 2018 and can’t wait to share them with you!
Our offices will be closed from December 22nd until January 4th. You can email any of our staff during that time, and someone will get back to you as soon as they can. Have safe and happy holidays!
Matt Barry, our Digital Library Developer, has been working with Dan Sifton on the Provincial Digital Library Project, a collaboration between OurDigitalWorld and the British Columbia Library Association.
We love it when people get excited about the tools and services we’ve built. So much that we just have to share it. Last week, the bloggers at Genealogy Canada included us in their week in review, and they had lovely things to say:
Have you ever gone to the site OurDigitalWorld?
There are many older newspapers online that you should be aware of, and they are searchable. On their website, they say that they have the “Largest collection of Ontario Community Newspapers online, from 1810 to present day”.
This month they have put on a complete set of newspapers from Clarington, Ontario which now joins 150,000 pages from Orono, Bowmanville!
And coming soon there will be more Kawartha Lakes 150,000 pages from Lindsay to Bobcaygeon and Omemee!
This is a fantastic place to go to when you need to read about your ancestor’s lives in the villages and towns in Ontario.
A big thank-you goes to Susanna Galbraith and the Open Shelf team for interviewing Loren and Jess about our work at OurDigitalWorld.
SG: What are a few of the greatest challenges libraries and archives face when creating open heritage collections?
LF & JP: When it comes to community history, we all want to tell a story. How we tell that story — and how we capture it — happens in many different ways. The biggest challenge we see is that it’s difficult to find standards and tools that everyone will want to adopt for individual storytelling projects without feeling as though they are “flattening” everyone’s experience. On the other hand, we also see how social tagging and highly customized tools can dilute the strength of good metadata and sharing information. Striking a balance is a big learning curve.
You can read the whole interview at http://www.open-shelf.ca/150601-digital-world/.
The American Archivist, the flagship publication of the Society of American Archivists, reviewed OurDigitalWorld and its VITA toolkit: