Friday, June 21, 2013

Roundup of Coverage on Library and Archives Canada Heritage Digitization Plan

This is a follow-up to the Library Boy post of June 17, 2013 entitled Library Associations Support and Archives Canada Digitization Project.

As I wrote yesterday on

"The so-called Héritage Project, a 10-year initiative, involves the digitization of approximately 60 million pages of primary-source documents from the 1600s to the mid-1900s and will include making digital copies of such material as: immigration records, church records, land records, family histories and papers, voters’ lists; documents relating to Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit; key early documents from core departments such as Indian Affairs, Immigration, Health, Agriculture, Railways and Canals, Fisheries and Natural Resources; military history records; and papers from prominent Canadians, such as Prime Ministers, Governors General, premiers, cabinet ministers, explorers, scientists, entrepreneurs, writers and artists. "
"During the recent controversy, there were fears expressed that would be granted a 10-year exclusive license to sell access to many of the materials that are part of Canada's heritage. There were reports that Canadian material already belonging to Canadian citizens and paid for through tax dollars could be hidden behind a 'paywall'. "
There are 2 places to get an overview of what the discussion - pro and con - is all about:

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