Frequently Asked Questions on the Heritage Collection
What is the Heritage Collection?
The Heritage Collection includes over 40 million images from over 800 collectionsof archival material. Collection subjects include personal papers, census data,central registries, church records, first nations, government documents, land,military, photographs and more. It is the first time that this primary sourcecontent is being made accessible in open access format. This project is consistentwith the Open Access objectives of CARL, CRKN, Canadiana and LAC to provideonline access to Canadian documentary heritage in a sustainable way.
What’s new about this project?
This project brings together large-scale digitization, linked open data,crowdsourcing, trustworthy digital repositories and W3C accessibility services tothe first large scale open access project in Canada. Using this innovative businessmodel, much greater accessibility will be offered than with Early CanadianaOnline (ECO), as well as future sustainability.
Why are we being asked to contribute up front?
Early contributions will form a $2 million start-up fund to provide resources todigitize the collections and implement a Trustworthy Digital Repositoryinfrastructure capacity and application function to support ongoing metadatacreation, content transcription, and an RDA linked open data architecture.
What if we don’t reach the $2 million dollar goal?
Although $2 million is the goal, the project may be able to move ahead with less.This would mean that the project would have to digitize, create metadata, andtranscribe at a slower rate. The exact impacts of not reaching the goal will haveto be determined based on the actual shortfall, should that occur.
How is this project going to be funded?
An agreement between Library and Archives Canada and Canadiana provides for10 years of exclusive rights for Canadiana to monetize the collections in