Canada: Putting Vancouver’s History Online
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.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.