OurDigitalWorld Newsletter, March 2022

The ODW Newsletter,  just out, profiles these activities which should help the family historian if successful.

NHDS Strategic Planning Underway
The National Heritage Digitization Strategy is undertaking a series of broad-scale consultations as part of a strategic planning process, with a report due in the summer of 2022. Some key themes/takeaways so far:

  • the greatest benefit and opportunity of an NHDS is to increase access;
    a major role for the NHDS is in the coordination and mobilization of digitization, preservation and standards;
  • there is a definite need to connect local, institutional and national capacity, expertise, and strategies;
  • the NHDS has a role in coordinating the sharing of resources, particularly for smaller institutions;
  • and there is a lot of interest in making digital collections more discoverable, the public library community in particular wants a shared platform for Canadian digital heritage.

LAM Community Newspapers Working Group
The Ontario LAM Community Newspapers Working Group is comprised of members from the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO), the Archives of Ontario (AO), the Ontario Library Association (OLA), the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), OurDigitalWorld organization (ODW), Toronto Public Library (TPL), and Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Formed in response to the mass closure of newspapers that occurred in late 2017, the group’s aim is to work together amongst the Library, Archives and Museum (LAM) community in Ontario to ensure the preservation and access of community news content as part of the historical record. Please feel free to get in touch with us about our work, and/or to share any news or concerns you may have about community newspapers by sending an email to: CommunityNewspapersON@gmail.com

Comment:  Both these activities barely register on my radar screen. Did I miss something from OGS on the newspapers working group which appears to have no web presence?

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