Eighteen projects have been named as successful recipients of the 2018-2019 B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) funding awards.

The digitization program, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, was launched in 2006. It provides matching funds that help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations digitize unique historical items, including images, print and sound materials.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre funding totaled nearly $180,000 for the 2018-2019 round. Altogether, the B.C. History Digitization program has provided more than $1 million for more than 100 projects throughout British Columbia.

This year’s diverse range of projects includes the digitization of newspapers and publications from various B.C. regions, video works from the 1970s by Vancouver artists, the Ann Gomer Sunahara fonds, documents and videos relating to women’s labour history, the last phase of the British Columbia Sessional papers project, bird taxidermy, product packaging, and more.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

To view a complete listing of the projects and their descriptions:

 

Project title: The Gay Games | Celebration 90 Digitization Project (Stage 1)

Organization: VIVO Media Arts Centre

Description: The 1990 Gay Games was held in Vancouver from August 4 to 11, 1990 and was open to athletes and artists of all sexual orientations. Approximately 7,300 athletes took part in 27 sports, with another 1,500 cultural participants attending. The event was significant for being the first Canadian-based Gay Games and the first Games ever to be held outside the United States. Stage 1 of this project digitized 47 videotapes, 240 photographic negatives, and 100 pages of textual materials.

Collection URL: http://www.vivomediaarts.com/archive/gay-games-iii/

Still from Celebration ’90 Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Project title: The Gay Games | Celebration 90 Digitization Project (Stage 1)

Organization: VIVO Media Arts Centre

Description: The 1990 Gay Games was held in Vancouver from August 4 to 11, 1990 and was open to athletes and artists of all sexual orientations. Approximately 7,300 athletes took part in 27 sports, with another 1,500 cultural participants attending. The event was significant for being the first Canadian-based Gay Games and the first Games ever to be held outside the United States. Stage 1 of this project digitized 47 videotapes, 240 photographic negatives, and 100 pages of textual materials.

Collection URL: http://www.vivomediaarts.com/archive/gay-games-iii/

Still from Celebration ’90 Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Project title: BC Archaeology and Early Industry Digitization

Organization: Museum of Vancouver

Description: The goal of this project was to digitize both a significant portion of the BC Archaeological Collection and a smaller portion of the Vancouver History collection. All items in the St. Mungo Connery collection and 354 objects connected to Vancouver’s early industry were photographed and made accessible online through the openMOV database. Faster than expected digitization processes meant that archaeological surface finds from Coastal, Northern, and Interior areas of BC could also be digitized, along with a collection of 375 objects from the Glenrose Cannery archaeological site. In total, approximately 10,290 new objects were added to openMOV, accounting for 20,580 new images.

Collection URL: http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/collection

Project title: BC Archaeology and Early Industry Digitization

Organization: Museum of Vancouver

Description: The goal of this project was to digitize both a significant portion of the BC Archaeological Collection and a smaller portion of the Vancouver History collection. All items in the St. Mungo Connery collection and 354 objects connected to Vancouver’s early industry were photographed and made accessible online through the openMOV database. Faster than expected digitization processes meant that archaeological surface finds from Coastal, Northern, and Interior areas of BC could also be digitized, along with a collection of 375 objects from the Glenrose Cannery archaeological site. In total, approximately 10,290 new objects were added to openMOV, accounting for 20,580 new images.

Collection URL: http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/collection

We are pleased to present the Digitization Centre Impact and Activity Report for 2016-2017!

This report highlights the Digitization Centre’s key projects, partnerships and user engagement trends for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

In 2016-2017, Open Collections accounted for 15% of the Library’s unique pageviews. That 15% totals 3.9 million pageviews on Open Collections alone!

The breakdown of where those 3.9 million pageviews were spent.

Other highlights detailed in the report:

  • Our work with Archivematica and our continued contributions to UBC Library’s digital preservation program
  • News about our web archiving work, including updates on some of our new collections
  • The Digital Himalaya Project being done in collaboration with Mark Turin (Chair, First Nations & Endangered Languages Program; Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology)
  • Our ongoing partnerships
  • Our efforts on metadata updating and cleaning

 

  

New additions to our digital collections included:

BC Sessional Papers

Phase IV of the BC Sessional papers was completed, adding material from the Legislative Council of British Columbia from 1933 to 1952. Phase V began in May of 2017.

Hawthorn Fly Fishing & Angling Collection

A selection of 23 titles from the Harry Hawthorn Fly Fishing and Angling Collection housed at Woodward Library.

Rainbow Ranche

An archival collection from the Lake Country Museum and Archives, chronicling one of the first independent fruit ranches in the Okanagan.

The Pedestal

Canada’s first feminist periodical was fully digitized in partnership with SFU Archives and will be available through Open Collections soon.

Journal of a voyage to the Pacific and American Shores

UBC Library acquired and digitized the journal of Susannah Weynton, wife of the captain of the Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship Cowlitz.

BC Historical Newspapers

The BC Newspapers collection was completed this year. Encompassing 163 titles, these newspapers are utilized by researchers around the world. All pages have been run through OCR (optical character recognition) and are full-text searchable.

To learn more about what we’ve been up to over the past few years, check out all of our Impact Reports dating back to 2011 under the “Reports” section of our website’s Documentation page. Many thanks to all of our partners over the past years. We look forward to continued collaboration on all of our current and future projects!

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

UBC Library

Info:

604.822.6375

Renewals: 

604.822.3115
604.822.2883
250.807.9107

Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC | © Copyright The University of British Columbia

Spam prevention powered by Akismet