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Digitized Okanagan History

May 22, 2018 jjamison

Thank you to Allison Jones who emailed me the link to this excellent project.

The Okanagan Region Historical Digitization Project is a partnership between the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus and numerous local museums and archives throughout B.C.’s southern interior. If you would like to receive regular updates about our work, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Since 2017, we have been enhancing access to historical documents and photographs of the Okanagan by scanning them and putting them online in our Digitized Okanagan History (D.O.H.) repository.

We scan materials on-site at partner repositories using our mobile digitization lab, comprised of two laptops, two flatbed scanners, one book scanner, and four enthusiastic UBC students. For each site visit, we pack up our equipment and typically spend three days on-site scanning as much as possible. We take these newly-created scans back to the UBC Okanagan campus for post-production (some light editing and description) to get them ready to go online. We also do scanning in-house at UBC Okanagan, where we have equipment to digitize large format items, microfilm, and audio cassettes.

We upload our digitized materials to the D.O.H. repository, which is part of Arca, a collaborative initiative to support the development and implementation of digital repositories at BC post-secondary institutions. Foundational to the creation of the BC Digital Library, Arca is a province-wide network of institutional repositories that:

  • provides access to faculty and student research output across multiple post-secondary institutions via a cross-repository search layer
  • supports the management of institutional digital assets
  • showcases BC as a hub for knowledge creation across Canada and around the world.
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