An article about the Knowledge Ontario’s Community Digitization Project (CDP).
The CDP is the result of a $15-million grant from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture to the Southern Ontario Library Services and Ontario Library Services North. The project began in August 2009 after Our Ontario, the section of Knowledge Ontario that’s running the program, chose to work with 30 public libraries and 20 other community organizations from across the province, said Our Ontario project co-ordinator Jess Posgate. The organization then sent digitization experts to guide the various institutions in their efforts to make their historical archives available online.
“I think more and more libraries are moving into virtual services in general, and this is just a way of helping people do that,” said Posgate.
Posgate said that many participating libraries, museums, historical societies and other organizations have held “digitization days”: occasional invitations for the general public to bring in antiques, historical artifacts, notebooks, documents and photographs to be scanned and uploaded online. So far, the CDP has amassed and digitized more than 36,000 files, all of which are searchable and accessible at ourontario. ca.