From The Globe and Mail:
Digitization. Map scanners. Blogging. The open-data hackathon. Geocoding. The advantages of YouTube, Historypin and Flickr, respectively, for displaying historical photos and videos.
They are all techniques that Vancouver Archives staff – digital conservator Sue Bigelow, archives manager Heather Gordon, and city archivist Les Mobbs – have been exploring intensively to make the city’s history available in all the ways that people use now.
“It’s like we’re building the equivalent of our physical structure here at the archives, but on the internet,” Mr. Mobbs said.
Their work puts them at the forefront of archivists using technology in North America. It’s also very popular. A recent Vancity Theatre showing of archives films was sold out, while the videos and photos available on the Internet are getting thousands of views.
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