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TORONTO, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Recently, a woman in British Columbia was doing
genealogy research and typed her father's name into Google. Following a
link to the Petawawa Public Library, she was astonished to hear her
father's voice emanating from her computer speakers. He'd passed away a
"I thought that was really extraordinary," says Maggie Jacques, special
collections librarian at the Petawawa Public Library, who helped place
the 20-year-old interview online. It was part of a collection of
interviews with city's early residents. When it comes to online
research, she notes, "You never know where it will take you."
The audiocassette recording was digitized thanks to a two-year project
coordinated by Knowledge Ontario (KO), a provincial not-for-profit
collaborative. The Community Digitization Project (CDP) is an extension
of KO's Our Ontario service, which provides the tools and support for
Ontarians to create and display digital content for online discovery.
Genealogists are not alone in benefiting from the CDP, which already has
created more than 36,000 digital files of everything from 19th-century photographs to old diaries. In Prescott-Russell, a largely
francophone area east of Ottawa, the OPP used heritage photos from the
collection for their annual calendar.
The CDP has also created something of an information avalanche for
participating institutions. Jacques notes that patrons who see staff
digitizing materials with scanners, cameras and other equipment often
ask how they can contribute.
CDP partners often run "digitization days" to encourage residents to
bring in family materials and collections from their basements and
attics (the materials are later returned to their owners). People
respond in droves, often revealing lost treasures. In Tweed, a small
town north of Belleville, residents who heard about the CDP contributed
images and documents about Sulphide, a mining ghost town.
Loren Fantin, project manager for Our Ontario, delights in the program's
popularity. "We work hard to ensure that we make Our Ontario tools and
services accessible and easy to use for both novices and expert users.
It's terrific to bring Ontario communities on board so they can share
and tell our stories to a wide audience."
Our Ontario is partnering with more than 30 public libraries and 20
other community organizations from across Ontario to implement the CDP.
Funded through a $15-million grant to Southern Ontario Library Services
and Ontario Library Services North from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism
and Culture, CDP partners are provided with valuable equipment, staff
and training, at no cost to the participating institutions. "I'm very
thankful to Knowledge Ontario for supporting us," says Jacques.
Organizations participating in the project stretch across almost 1,500
kilometres of the province. They include libraries and museums with
large archives; single-person libraries, such as the Head, Clara and
Maria Public Library, north of Algonquin Park; Franco-Ontarian
community organizations like the West Nipissing Public Library, near
North Bay; and a First Nations library, the Kanhiote Tyendinaga
Territory Public Library near Deseronto.
About Knowledge Ontario
Knowledge Ontario (KO) serves Ontarians through five digital services.
KO is a not-for-profit collaborative of public libraries, colleges,
universities, school boards, museums, archives, historical
associations, hospitals and health libraries. knowledgeontario.ca
OurOntario.ca is an online archive telling Ontario's story - it's where CDP content
can be found. Our Ontario's toolkits and search technology help Ontario
organizations manage their digital collections and make them widely
Many sources and story ideas from different regions of Ontario can be
found on the social media release: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/knowledge-ontario/photos-audio-recordings-bring-ontarios-past-alive
/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available
at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/
SOURCE Knowledge Ontario
For further information:
Our Ontario Project Coordinator