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Toward a coherent digital information environment in Canada: Limping, lurching and occasionally leaping Susan Haigh Digital Library of Canada Task Force For JISC/CNI, June 2002 Overview What would be ideal? What do we have? What don’t we have? What might we do next? Robust funding

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Toward a coherent digital information environment in Canada:

Limping, lurching and occasionally leaping

Susan Haigh

Digital Library of Canada Task Force

For JISC/CNI, June 2002


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Overview

  • What would be ideal?

  • What do we have?

  • What don’t we have?

  • What might we do next?


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Robust funding

Coordinating body

Range of unique content

Jurisdictional content

Coherent access

Commitment to long-term access

Commitment to cooperate

Some experts

Some pragmatic decision-makers

Innovation

The Ideal


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Funding

  • Canadian Content Online Program (Canadian Heritage)

  • Canada’s Digital Collections & Aboriginal Digital Collections (Industry Canada)

  • CANARIE (Industry Canada)

  • Canada Foundation for Innovation

  • Various provincial programs


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Libraries

  • Academic and public libraries under provincial jurisdiction

  • No provincial library system

  • Two (or three) “national libraries”

  • National Library and National Archives increasingly joined up

  • No JISC, UKOLN, Mellon Foundation, Digital Library Federation, etc.


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Library Coordination

  • National associations for directors of:

    • research libraries

    • large urban public libraries

    • provincial and territorial libraries

  • Numerous regional networks

  • Numerous consortia

  • Canadian Initiative on Digital Libraries


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Major Digitization Projects

  • Early Canadiana Online

    • pre-1901 books & government documents (CIHM)

  • Our Roots

    • local and regional histories (5 universities, CIDL, National Library)

  • Peel’s Prairie Provinces

    • Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba imprints (4 universities)


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Major Digitization Projects (cont’d.)

  • The Virtual Gramophone

    • 78-rpm recordings (NLC)

  • Sheet Music from Canada’s Past

    • sheet music 1800-1921 (NLC)

  • Canadian Directories

    • Pre-1901 city, county, provincial & Canada directories (NLC & CIHM)

  • 1901 Census (National Archives)

  • Paper of Record

    • growing corpus of historical newspapers (ProQuest Micromedia/Cold North Wind)


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Born digital

  • Electronic collection of Canadiana

  • Considering broader archiving responsibilities

  • E-theses

  • Scholarly e-publishing


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Licensing of Digital Content

  • Canadian National Site Licensing Project (CNSLP)

  • The Alberta Library

  • The Ontario Digital Library

  • Quebec Research Digital Library (proposed)


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Alberta digitizing:

newspapers

local histories

folklore collections

historical imprints

royal commissions

aerial photographs

statutes, bills and gazettes

art

Quebec digitizing:

posters

maps and plans

postcards

sound recordings

Quebec-imprint books

sheet music

images from historical periodicals

prints

Alberta and Quebec: Provincial Digitization Models


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Aggregated Access

  • AMICUS national union catalogue

    • 25 million bibliographic records; 1300 libraries

  • Images Canada

    • DC metadata gateway to image collections

  • Artefacts Canada

    • Museum objects

  • Cdn. Archival Information Network

    • Archival collections

  • Inventory of Canadian Digital Initiatives

    • Digitized collections, exhibitions, reference works

  • CultureCanada.gc.ca


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Digital Preservation

  • No national strategy yet

  • National consultations this fall:

    • digital newspapers

    • interoperability and preservation issues

  • National Library considering:

    • Preservation state of its own e-collections

    • Access and preservation responsibilities for formalized decentralized repositories


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    Robust funding

    Coordinating body

    Range of unique content

    Jurisdictional content

    Coherent access

    Commitment to long-term access

    Commitment to cooperate

    Some experts

    Some pragmatic decision-makers

    Innovation

    The Ideal


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    Some strategies for Canada

    1.Learn frominternational research

    2.  Adopt/adapt the best models

    3.Define minimal national standards

    4.Provide national access services

    5.Foster cooperation to build momentum

    6.Remind projects & funders of national responsibilities

    7.  Brand good resources as part of a national whole


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    Next up?

    • Digital newspapers strategy

    • National e-theses program

    • Increased interoperability

      • images

      • e-prints

      • Texts

    • Digital preservation/national digital archive strategy


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    Toward a national whole…

    • A “more coherent patchwork” of Canadian digital content

    • National collections

    • Brought together in sensible aggregation services

    • Increased collaboration Canada-wide

    National – provincial – institutional cooperation


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    nlc-bnc.ca

    Susan Haigh

    Manager, Program Development

    Digital Library of Canada Task Force

    National Library of Canada

    [email protected]


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