Sunday, 12 February 2017
Nicka Smith, a genealogist and photographer,
wrote a blog post Why Genealogists Should Care About Trump’s Agenda pointing out that during the election campaign the now president proposed closure of two critical departments in the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH). It would cut funds for the operation of the National Digital Newspaper Program, and Chronicling America, which offers over 11 million pages digitized and searchable online.
That would send the US back to where Canada is today, no national program for newspaper digitization. There is a patchwork of newspaper digitization: some excellent free local initiatives, such as for Victoria's British Colonist; some newspapers, like the Ottawa Journal, on pay sites; and some digitized as images only with no search capability.
Is Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian federal department that has lead responsibility in preserving and making available Canada's documentary heritage, proud to have implemented Donald Trump's agenda years before he came on the political scene?
at 12:00 am