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Digitizing Ontario’s Community Memory: Bringing Multicultural History Online

Presentation given by Jess Posgate and Cathy Leekam at the Ontario Library Association SuperConference 2014.

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Digitizing Ontario’s Community Memory:
Bringing Multicultural History Online
Ontario Library Association Super Conference
January 30, 2014
Jess Posgate | OurDigitalWorld
Cathy Leekam | Multicultural History Society of Ontario
What we are going to talk about
• Who we are
• Digitization Projects: the lay of the land
• Implementation: The MHSO Digital Archive
Project
• Engagement and Outreach
• Maintenance and Steps Forward
• Q and A
Session Agenda
MHSO
Logo!
Who we are…
• Collaboration
• Partnerships
• Sustainability
• Digital stewardship
• Engagement
• Community memory
Building a networked
environment:
• Consultation
• Resources (including copyright)
• Project management training
• Data migration
• All-in-one Newspaper Digitization
• Custom development
ODW Services
• Access to over 4 million digital images, oral histories,
scrapbooks, videos, newspapers, BMDs, etc…
• Aggregated content discovery via the OurOntario.ca portal
from 200+ organizations
• Largest online archive of Ontario newspapers, with 200+
years of newspaper content (Full-run scans and BMD
indexes) at Ontario News portal
• GovDocs portal offers easy and instant access to over
33,000 documents from the Legislative Library—soon to
include the HANSARD
ODW Services

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Digitizing Ontario’s Community Memory: Bringing Multicultural History Online

  • 1. Digitizing Ontario’s Community Memory: Bringing Multicultural History Online Ontario Library Association Super Conference January 30, 2014 Jess Posgate | OurDigitalWorld Cathy Leekam | Multicultural History Society of Ontario
  • 2. What we are going to talk about • Who we are • Digitization Projects: the lay of the land • Implementation: The MHSO Digital Archive Project • Engagement and Outreach • Maintenance and Steps Forward • Q and A Session Agenda
  • 4. • Collaboration • Partnerships • Sustainability • Digital stewardship • Engagement • Community memory Building a networked environment:
  • 5. • Consultation • Resources (including copyright) • Project management training • Data migration • All-in-one Newspaper Digitization • Custom development ODW Services
  • 6. • Access to over 4 million digital images, oral histories, scrapbooks, videos, newspapers, BMDs, etc… • Aggregated content discovery via the OurOntario.ca portal from 200+ organizations • Largest online archive of Ontario newspapers, with 200+ years of newspaper content (Full-run scans and BMD indexes) at Ontario News portal • GovDocs portal offers easy and instant access to over 33,000 documents from the Legislative Library—soon to include the HANSARD ODW Services
  • 7. • Not-for-profit educational organization and archive • Goal to publicize, preserve and share heritage materials and learning resources relating to Canada’s immigrant and ethnic history www.mhso.ca
  • 8. MHSO Services • Research Support • Educational Resources • Workshops and Training Sessions • Exhibit Design • Digital Projects MHSO Services
  • 9. Resources representing more than 50 Canadian ethnocultural groups: • 9,000 hours of oral history testimony • 80,000+ historical photographs • Ethnic newspaper collection • Academic and community publications • Written and printed text documents • Artefacts and personal donations MHSO Collection
  • 11. • Persistent digital divide • Non-local information seekers • Preserve, manage, provide access • Expose, connect, invites participation Why digitize?
  • 12. Digitization ≠ Access •No national strategy=no consistent implementation •Grants reward recipients with existing resources •One time grants=finite collections, local discovery Project successes and failures
  • 13. • Partnerships & collaboration builds stronger network with: – Expertise & experience – Resource sharing – Multi-organizational buy-in • Generate support • Regional representation • Building community & community memory Trends: Capacity building
  • 14. • Existing VITA Toolkit content: –Thematic (war, famous figures, local heritage, etc.) –Bilingual (French/English) –Media Type (oral histories, clippings collections, etc.) • Opportunity to recognize the gaps… What is/n’t digitized
  • 16. • Preserving archival materials • Publishing new multicultural content • Creating new contextual information and supplementary resources • Building new opportunities for collaboration and ongoing user engagement Project Goals
  • 17. • http://vitacollections.ca/mhso/ • 3000+ digitized oral history interviews • 500+ interview transcripts • Historical photographs, ethnic newspapers and related visual materials • Thematic essays and contextual summaries • Curriculum-linked educational resources • Links to online partners and social media networks • Opportunities for user comments and content submission Project Scope
  • 18. • Web-based software to create and manage multimedia collections – Standardized data is re-usable and exportable to other systems – Customizable data screens • Hosted digital objects in secure environment • Customizable website(s) to display digital collections with searching, browsing and social media options – Works with other web applications and tools – Community engagement tools Grassroots Tools:
  • 19. • Streaming audio • Chapter-view transcriptions • Multilingual newspaper processing MHSO Custom development
  • 20. Newspaper Language Newspaper Language Ararat Armenian Nase Hlasty Czech + English Armenian Red Cross Commemorative Album Armenian Nase Novine Edinost Slovenian Bielarus Belarusian Nav Bharat Hindi + English Bielaruski Holas Belarusian Oznanila Weekly Herald Croatian Canada Scotsman English Scandinavian Canadian Businessman English + Danish Cas Czech Scandinavian News English Domobrana Slovak Slovenska Drzava Slovak + English Echo Armenian Slovenske Bratstvo Slovak + English Gujarat Vartman Gujarati + English The Citizens News English Inuit Today Inuktitut + English The Indian English Kanadske Listy Slovak + English The Ontario Timberwork English N'Amerind News English The Scottish Canadian English + Gaelic OCR and Multilingual Newspapers
  • 21. ᐅᐅ ᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅ. ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ- CD ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ. ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ Ann ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ- ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ. ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅLᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ. ᐅᐅᐅ- ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ- ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅ- ᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ- ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ st- ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ cat ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅ- ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ- ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ. ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ ᐅᐅᐅᐅᐅ Newspaper Sample: Inuit Today
  • 22. • Home Page: http://vitacollections.ca/mhso/search • Oral History Interview: http://vitacollections.ca/mhso/2665989/data • Photographs: http://vitacollections.ca/mhso/2667827/data • Ethnic Newspapers: http://vitacollections.ca/mhso/2743207/data Record Samples
  • 24. Engagement • Identifying Target Audiences • Building Cross-Sector Partnerships • Crowdsourcing/Volunteerism • Implementing Digital Engagement Tools Engagement Strategies
  • 25. Cross Sector Partnerships • Field Specialists and Subject Experts • Educators and Students • Community Groups and Researchers • Libraries and Archives • Heritage and Cultural Organizations • Government Agencies • Global Online Audience Partnerships
  • 26. Crowdsourcing/Volunteerism • Recruitment strategies - Targeted recruitment - Online promotion • Activities - Range of options - Flexible schedule and location • Training / Documentation - Standardized guides - Off-site training Crowdsourcing and Volunteerism
  • 27. Online Engagement Tools VITA Toolkit engagement tools include: • VITA options for centralized transcription • Sharebar (social media) • Mystery questions (used for photos/comments in general) • Testimonials aka Fan Mail aka Impact statements • Upcoming community contribution module (private/organizational collections added to collection) • User tracking capabilities (Google analytics reports re: web traffic) Online Engagement Tools
  • 29. • Grassroots initiative has national and global impact • Statistics: Traffic and visitor origin • Encouraging more multicultural collections online Recognizing Impact and Growth
  • 30. Management of hard copies and digital collections Organizational adjustments Documentation Centralization Enhancing/upgrading the resource Maintaining the Archive
  • 32. Contact us MHSO Admin. Office 901 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 307 Toronto, Ontario M6A 1C3 Tel: 416-979-2973 www.mhso.ca | cathy.leekam@mhso.ca OurDigitalWorld 2 Toronto St. 3rd Floor Toronto, ON M5C 2B6 Tel: 647-288-0254 ourdigitalworld.org | jposgate@ourdigitalworld.org