On April 3, 2018, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and Canadiana.org announced a merger of the two organizations, which are now under the leadership of CRKN. A combined organization enables our collective community to do more together than we could achieve apart. For more information about the merger, visit www.crkn-rcdr.ca/en/crkn-and-canadianaorg-merge-combined-organization.
Through the services of Canadiana, CRKN offers digitization, preservation, and access services to its members and to the heritage and digital preservation community.
CRKN and Canadiana Today
As a merged organization, CRKN is developing Canadiana services by:
Increasing access to the Canadiana Collections
Digitizing heritage content to enhance the Canadiana Collections, and to provide a service to CRKN members, and third-party clients
Maintaining the Canadiana Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR) to preserve access for the future
Developing the Canadiana preservation and access platforms to meet common standards in support of member and community needs
- Engaging with the stakeholder community to identify opportunities and potential partnerships
Canadiana Collections Overview
|Canadiana Online (2018-present)||Héritage (2013-present)||Early Canadiana Online (ECO) (1999-2017)|
Significance of the Canadiana Collections
The Canadiana collections include valuable national documentary heritage that is used for research, teaching, personal history, and more. This content provides generations, now and in the future, with a crucial understanding of our shared history.
Canadiana collections are the largest online collection of early textual Canadiana in the world.
This material is actively used in research, including genealogical research, local history, historical research such as legislation, war, medical, and agricultural history of Canada.
The Canadiana Online collection includes items published before the 1920s and material is being added on a regular basis.
- The Héritage collection includes archival material with over 5,000 pages of new content are being added each month. To facilitate full-text search, CRKN has utilized optical content recognition (OCR) software to enhance the metadata of over 800 microfilms (representing 1.4 million pages). Approximately 60% of the Héritage collection is handwritten and will need to be transcribed by hand. The Héritage collection includes content from government departments and personal collections, notably papers from Prime Ministers.
Reporting to the CRKN Board of Directors, the Preservation and Access Committee (PAC) (https://www.crkn- rcdr.ca/en/preservation-and-access-committee) will assist the Board in its activities by reviewing and making recommendations regarding the development and management of the Canadiana and Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR) platform and the associated services and capabilities. The PAC has two task groups:
Heritage Content Priorities Task Group (HCPTG): to develop principles and criteria that CRKN may use to evaluate and prioritize heritage content for digitization and ingestion, conversion and augmentation of the Canadiana collections
- Platform Technical Task Group (PTTG): to evaluate and make recommendations on the development of the Canadiana access and preservation platforms (including the TDR).
With the guidance of the Preservation and Access Committee, CRKN is:
Compiling future goals and opportunities related to access and preservation, as defined by end users and community
Enhancing our platform with updated features and access options
Expanding our digitization strategy and contributing to the National Heritage Digitization Strategy
Partnering with key stakeholders
- Providing exceptional digitization services to members, government departments, cultural heritage organizations, and other GLAM organizations.
To support the development of the Canadiana collections, the transition of Canadiana content to open access, and the ongoing development of the Canadiana TDR, the members of CRKN have committed to a re-direction of former Canadiana subscription fees and membership fees towards a Heritage Content Access and Preservation (HCAP) fund for three years. During these next three years, CRKN will develop and evolve the long-term sustainability strategy.