||February 11, 2011
Heritage Project in West
The Ontario Ministry of Culture has
provided Community Digitization Projects (CDP) in various locations across the
province. Over 4 million research items (text, photos, audio, video) have been
collected by various community groups. The material is available through
is a service of Knowledge Ontario (www.knowledgeontario.ca).
Knowledge Ontario is a non profit collaborative of public libraries, colleges,
universities, school boards, museum, archives, historical societies, etc.
West Nipissing has been selected to be a
part of the larger project. Other Communities will be added over time. The
project will be coordinated through the West Nipissing Public Library. The
Library will partner with the Societe historique de Field, The Societe
historique de Nipissing Ouest, the Club genealogique de Nipissing Ouest, the
Sturgeon River House Museum & private collections.
Digitization training will take place
and provide a set of tools, services and technical support to the team members
and will be able to provide digitization service in the years ahead as more
material becomes available.
The Digitalization Facilitator is
Bridgitte Campeau at the Sturgeon Falls Library (705-753-2620) Carmen Ouellette
and Wayne LeBelle, who have extensive experience in digitalization have been
hired to work on the project over the next few months. Once trained
digitalization days will be held at River Valley, Field, Cache Bay & Sturgeon
Falls. The first session will be held at Verner during Heritage Week (Feb
21-27). Progress can be monitored on Facebook (Our Ontario West Nipissing Ouest)
or Twitter (00_WND. You can also contact the Knowledge Ontario/Our Ontario
website mentioned above.
Sturgeon River House from late 1870s – Norman McLeod – last manager before
the post moved to Sturgeon Falls in 1880. Museum photo
This is an exciting heritage project in
an area with a great history. It will be interesting to see the results of this
and other current projects and to see other projects in other locations as they
Knowledge Ontario has other extensive
eresources worth looking at in English & French on a wide variety of knowledge
categories besides the ourontario.ca material. Get the material you wish to
share in order and join the project when you have an opportunity. For further
information contact the West Nipissing Library at the number above.
Canadian Digital Collection
An ambitious new search engine has been
launched to allow one stop searches for centuries of Canadian history.
Canadiania.org will link 30 museum ,
archival and library collections in a Google like site. I haven’t used it much
yet, but along with the Ontario site above the initiative has great potential
for historians, genealogists etc.
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