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.

Welcome the Cobourg Museum Foundation to VITA!

logoWe are excited to welcome new VITA members the Cobourg Museum Foundation. Thanks to summer student funding, they have begun to populate their VITA collection with past years’ exhibit panels, photographs of artifacts, and metadata to help you learn more about Cobourg’s prominent people.

The Cobourg Museum Foundation has just released its new VITA website, making available to the public, for the first time in a searchable way, its growing collection of almost four hundred story panels and many of its collection of artifacts.

During the summer, two students were kept busy uploading the material into the VITA platform which is specifically designed for not-for-profit organizations to upload, describe and display their digital collections. It is the same platform as used by many institutions throughout the country, including the Cobourg Public Library (for its Cobourg and District Images) and Brighton Digital Archives.

The story panels, which have been the basis of the annual exhibits at the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre, had previously been uploaded to the CMF website. They were viewable there but not searchable. Now significant words from all panels can be found through a simple search engine on the new VITA website.

You can find their press release here. We asked a few questions of Stanley Isherwood, Cobourg Museum Foundation treasurer, about the project:

Continue reading Welcome the Cobourg Museum Foundation to VITA!

OurOntario.ca temporarily offline

This week we’re upgrading our infrastructure! Some of our services will be offline while we improve our services, including the OurOntario.ca search portal.

While this is happening, you can still access our VITA members’ sites and our aggregate collections: news.ourontario.ca for Ontario Community News, ink.ourontario.ca for full-page newspaper content, govdocs.ourontario.ca for Ontario government publications, and our new Abolitionists newspaper collection at news.ourontario.ca/abolition. These sites bring you province-wide materials from our VITA partners and other collaborators – much of the content you would normally find on the OurOntario.ca search portal.

If you’re a VITA user, remember that you can log in to your VITA account from data.vitatoolkit.ca and access documentation and resources at help.vitatoolkit.ca.

Thank you for your patience as we improve our services!

 

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

Announcing the Abolitionists Collection

Today we’re offering a new free resource brought to you by the OurDigitalWorld team:

The Abolitionist Newspapers of the 1850s digital portal.

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Click to visit our VITA collection of Abolitionist resources!

As one of the first places for fugitives from slavery to end up after their travels on the Underground Railroad, and a place where many people called for a new black utopia, Ontario has a rich history of black publishing. This new site, built with our VITA Digital Toolkit, offers full-text searching and browsing of three publications:

  • The Voice of the Fugitive
  • The Provincial Freeman
  • The True Royalist and Weekly Intelligencer

Along with digitized microfilm of the Provincial Freeman and the True Royalist, we are delighted to announce that, for the very first time, low-quality microfilm of the Voice of The Fugitive has been replaced with high-quality, full-colour digital photographs of each and every page still available.

Continue reading Announcing the Abolitionists Collection

Check out our updated digitization resources page

We’ve recently updated our well-loved and frequently-used digitization resources list. We’ve removed a number of outdated resources, and added new sections on Indigenous materials, privacy, and general industry resources.

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As always, if you have anything to recommend for inclusion on this page, we’d love to hear from you. Continue reading Check out our updated digitization resources page