January 20, 2022

Canada: Saskatchewan Archives to Digitize Over 6,000 Audio and Visual Records

News from the Saskatchewan Archives Board.

From the Leader-Post (Regina):

The legislative assembly’s 6,378 video and audio records are to be digitized and, eventually, made available for the general public to check out online alongside Hansard.

To put that into perspective, the online version of the digital records is expected to take up about 25 terabytes of space — or about 6.25 million average-sized MP3 songs.

Saskatchewan has always been big on making electronic records of its parliament, our legislative assembly being the first in the Commonwealth to make audio recordings.


The sheer quantity of records — which total a touch over 11,000 hours — makes it impossible to execute in-house, so the project has instead been put to tender, with a budget of $100,000 for the audio component.


The plan is to have the audio component, which is about 3,500 records, digitized by March 31.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.