Digitization Partnerships

Background

  • Library and Archives Canada (LAC) regularly collaborates with commercial companies to share the costs of digitization and indexing while granting these companies various rights to use the digitized records.
  • These commercial agreements are one pillar of LAC’s investment in the digitization and indexing of its collections to ensure broad, free access to documentary heritage for Canadians.
  • To date, LAC has established successful collaborative projects with organizations such as Ancestry, Family Search International and Canadiana.org.
    • For example, in 2018-19, LAC partnered with Family Search International to index the 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces. This metadata ensures that all 45,000 pages of the Census are searchable through various fields.

Considerations

  • LAC strives to seek partnerships to make a variety of digitized content available online.
  • The primary focus for genealogical partnerships is LAC’s census and immigration records.
  • LAC has also hosted agreements with universities and non-profit organizations that seek to make available non-genealogical collections, such as records related to the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, and the Diaries of Second World War.

Key Public Messages

  • As a result of digitization partnerships, more than 30 million images have been scanned or indexed and made available online.
  • LAC continues to invest in digitization and in making accessible the most highly used collections for Canadians.

SME:

Melanie Brown, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Public Services Branch
Email: melanie.brown@canada.ca
Tel: 613-897-1428

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