Friday, 1 April 2016

Canadian National Digital Heritage Index

March 31 is the end of the Government of Canada fiscal year when many project deliverables become due.

Just in times comes this from CKRN announced in a press release:

Ottawa, ON (31 March 2016) – The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is proud to launch the Canadian National Digital Heritage Index (CNDHI), an index of digitized collections from across Canada with the goal of creating a single, current list of all Canadian digitization projects. This national index, the first of its kind in Canada, aims to increase the awareness of the digitized collections in institutions and libraries across the country, which will in turn increase the use and impact of those collections that are relevant and important to all Canadians. 
According to the release "Features of the tool include: Simple and advanced searching and sorting by institution, location, language, and media type; Downloadable list of search results; Frequently updated with new records."

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 A search for keyword "local history" found 292 items, mainly from universities across Canada including, from the University of Calgary, the Our Roots collection of books containing local Canadian histories of major genealogical interest.

This is already a useful tool and should get better with additional content and deeper search capability.

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