The British Columbia Digital
The focus of this set of links is on collections
of electronic texts (not individual titles) preserved through libraries,
archives, museums, educational institutions, and corporate or private
initiatives. Listings here are therefore primarily for the written word as
expressed in manuscripts, books and periodicals, including newspapers. Non-book
digital library collections may also be included. Readers wishing further leads
to non-book digital content should also consult one of the
directories or guides.
Unless indicated, access to these Web sites is free and open to the
See also Digital Collections by
Subject for digital publications that form part of a larger Web site.
- Malaspina University-College, Centre for Digital Humanities Innovation. A digital production unit for humanities computing projects and research into the effectiveness of computer-based teaching resources in the humanities. The CDHI also works in partnership on other projects with the University of Victoria's Humanities Computing and Media Centre. Date accessed: 2005-06-18. Date added: 2005-06-18.
- Malaspina University-College, History Department,
The Canadian Letters and
Images Project: An Online Project to Preserve Canada's Wartime Experience
Through Letters and Images. Transcriptions and digital facsimiles of letters,
along with photographs, relating to Canadians in various wars.
- Malaspina University-College, History Department,
The Homeroom: British Columbia's
History of Education Website. Provincial statutes and other publications
pertaining to education are available through the Topics
section. Date accessed: 2002-02-09. Date updated: 2002-02-09.
- Simon Fraser University, School of Computing Science,
Internet Electronic Library Project at
SFU. The project is a collection of papers on the management of electronic
serials by Professor Robert D. Cameron who is also system architect of the
Bibliographic Protocol (BibP) and Universal Serial Item Name (USIN) project at
USIN.org. Follow the USIN.org link for
further information on this important project to achieve persistent reference
linking on the basis of existing standard numbers and the Internet Domain Name
- Simon Fraser University Library Electronic Document Centre (EDC). Among its
British Columbia-content projects are
Collection, and Multicultural Canada, a joint project with the University of Calgary. See also Digital Collections by
Subject for non-BC content.
- University of British Columbia, Center
for the Study of Historical Consciousness. Directed by Peter Seixas.
Officially opened November 1-2, 2002, this
research centre facilitates the scholarly study of the understanding and teaching of
history. Site includes a searchable bibliography of full-text conference
papers in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. The Web site was developed as a prototype under the
Public Knowledge Project. Date added: 2002-01-29.
Date updated 2002-11-06.
- University of British Columbia
Library provides access to electronic journals, monographs and other online
publicatiions available to the general public via the Internet/Web. Most of the
Ejournals collection, however, is restricted to faculty, staff, students or
on-site library users. See also UBC Library Digital Collections and Services. Date updated: 2007-12-30.
- University of British Columbia Library, British Columbia Reports. A digitization project with the British Columbia Courthouse Library Society to provide   online access to this serial published between 1884 and 1948. Date accessed: 2006-01-27. Date added: 2006-01-27.
- University of British Columbia Library, Digital Collections and Services. This site " provides
an overview of the various digital collections created and maintained by the University of British Columbia Library. They have been roughly grouped into four categories: Digital Collections, Digitized Publications and Documents, Faculty and Student Research Projects, and Websites." See also Digital Collections by
Subject. Date added: 2003-01-03. Date updated: 2007-12-30. University of British Columbia Library,
Electronic Text Service. The texts are available as a single compressed downloadable file. Date updated: 2005-06-18.
- University of British Columbia Library, Electronic
Theses and Dissertations. Date accessed: 2003-01-19. Date
- University of British Columbia Library, Music Library, British
Columbia Sheet Music. Multimedia site documenting over 100 examples
of sheet music about or published in BC. Contains digital facsimles of the
sheet music and audio files, along with detailed catalog records. Date accessed:
2004-05-20. Date added: 2004-05-20.
- University of Victoria, British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies
(BCICS). In addition to researching and promoting the co-operative movement,
the BCICS maintains a library of publications, chiefly in Adobe Acrobat
Portable Document Format files,  about co-operatives. The BCICS also  acts
as an international registry for co-operative publications. Date accessed:
2002-04-11. Date added: 2002-04-11.
- University of Victoria, The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1846-1871. Summary: " This digital archive contains the original correspondence between the British Colonial Office and the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. This project aims to digitize and publish online a complete archive of the correspondence covering the period from 1846 leading to the founding of Vancouver Island in 1849, the founding of British Columbia in 1858, the annexation of Vancouver Island by British Columbia in 1866, and up to the incorporation of B.C. into the Canadian
Federation in 1871. All the material on this site originates in the work of Dr. James Hendrickson and his team of collaborators at the University of Victoria, which resulted in the publication of 28 print volumes of correspondence several years ago." The site was officially launched on November 3, 2008. Date accessed: 2008-04-05. Date added: 2008-04-05. Date updated: 2008-11-04.
- University of Victoria, Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory. Opened in the spring/summer 2005 and directed by Dr Raymond (Ray) Siemens. the ETCL is both a research and a digitization facility located in the Humanities Computing and Media Centre. Date accessed: 2007-08-03. Date added: 2007-08-03.
- University of Victoria,
Humanities Computing and
Media Centre (HCMC). Multimedia production facility with links to digital
content projects for which the centre provided development assistance, such as
Beginning Salish (Linguistics Department), Who Killed William
Robinson? (History Department), and Great Unsolved
Mysteries in Canadian History (History Department). Includes a set of links relating to
humanities studies. Date updated: 2005-06-18.
- University of Victoria, McPherson Library, Special
Collections. Digital text presentations include the Victoria's Early History Collection, the British Colonist newspaper, the diary
of Robert Graves a facsimile of the John Lydgate 15th century manuscript Fall
of Princes, along with an XML transcript a 13th century manuscript, De Proprietatibus Rerum, by Bartholomeus Anglicus, and the 16th century book Sancti Epiphanii ad
Physiologum. Date added: 2001-12-04. Date updated: 2008-04-19.
- University of Victoria, TAPoR@UVic. Hosted by the University of Alberta
and based at McMaster University, the University of Victoria in association
with Malaspina University College are the two British Columbia participants
in this project.  The TAPoR Web Portal is the central node for all the partner institutions. Other information on TAPoR can be found through the TAPoR Canada site. Date accessed: 2002-04-12. Date added: 2002-04-12. Date updated: 2008-04-05.
- Bowen Island GeoLibrary. Bowen Island, BC: Bowen Island Forest & Water Management Society. The society,  established  in  1992, created both a CD-ROM and a Web site consisting of digitized and digital maps, images, and docouments that assist in understanding the Bowen Island human and natural communities. Date accessed: 2004-09-16. Date added: 2004-09-16.
- FirstVoices Aboriginal Language
Resource (First Peoples'
Cultural Foundation, Victoria) is a Web-based language training tool featured
multimedia content contained within phrasebooks for various languages. Date
accessed: 2002-05-15. Date added: 2002-05-15.
- The Great Canadian
Tunebook (Compiled by Barry Taylor, Victoria, BC). Transcripts of lyrics to
public domain Canadian folk songs. The MIDI sequences, which
can be downloaded, are copyrighted by Barry Taylor. Date updated: 2004-04-20.
- Johnston, Ian C.
(Hosted by Liberal Studies Department, Malaspina University-College). This
retired instructor's site includes an original collection of public domain electronic
texts in HTML format of various works (fiction and non-fiction) in English and
other languages. Several of the works pertain to the history of science. Date updated: 2005-06-18.
- Malaspina Great Books
(Created and maintained by Russell McNeil, Liberal Studies Department,
Malaspina University-College). Established on December 12, 1995, this site
contains an interactive database to over 1,000 works. Designed for library and
Web research, this unique site includes a site-search and an
external search engine for more
ambitious users. A hyperlink guide to the authors represented in the database
is organized by time period and thematic categories.
- Union of British Columbia Indian
Chiefs (Vancouver). Among its digitization projects is the four-volume
report of the McKenna-McBride Royal Commission on Indian Affairs. Some of
UBCIC's own publications, such as Researching the Indian Land Question in
BC and Chief Kerry's Moose: A Guidebook to Land Use and Occupancy
Mapping, Research Design, are also made available in Adobe PDF files.
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Ottawa, ON),
PubliCentrale. Central database of all online and print publications issued by the department. Date added: 2005-06-19.
Archives Amazing Time Machine. Victoria: BC Archives. Produced for Canada's
Digital Collections (formerly Canada's SchoolNet Digital Collections), site
includes a complete digital facsimile of artist Emily Carr's humourous tribute
to one of her dogs, Studio Billie's Calendar a wide selection of
World War One and Two posters   and digitized selections of motion pictures,
as well as many digitized photographs and artwork preserved by the archives.
Date accessed: 2002-02-09. Date added: 2002-02-09.
- BC Government
Publications Index includes links to digital publications available through
BC Government Web sites. Most electronic publications are Adobe PDF files.
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries InfoBasket contains various
electronic documents and Internet resources relating to the agri-food industry
in BC and elsewhere. Date accessed: 2004-04-21. Date added: 2004-04-21.
- BC Ministry
of Energy and Mines Reports and Publications consists of all annual
reports back to 1874 (Adobe PDF), three consolidated indexes to the annual
reports for the years 1874 to 1964 (Adobe PDF), and many other reports in
Adobe PDF on provincial geology, mineral and petroleum exploration, and
mining activities. Date added: 2001-12-04.
Ministry of Forests Library E-Publications includes a
complete set of annual reports back to 1911 (Adobe PDF and HTML), along with annual reports for the Ministry of Environment, its predecessors and various agencies between 1914-2001, all five Royal
Commissions on forest resources between 1909 and 1991 (Adobe PDF)
and many other publications issued by this ministry. Date updated: 2005-06-18.
- City of Richmond Archives includes a digital facsimile edition of an
of Richmond and Adobe Acrobat PDF transcripts of letters written by W.H. Barker, General Manager, British Columbia Packers. Date update: 2007-10-18.
- CORDLink Digital
Library (Geological Survey of Canada, Pacific Division BC Geological
Survey and UBC Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences). Date
- Fort Steele Heritage Town, Online
Exhibits. One of the exhibits is the  Travel Diaries of R.V. Bing
and consists of an illustrated HTML transcription of 1921 and 1923 narratives
by a Saskatchewan-based land agent who traveled to British Columbia by automobile.
Another exhibit that includes digitized text-based components is A Web of Understanding, based on the physical exhibit The Back Streets of Kootenay (2001). Date accessed: 2002-05-05. Date added: 2002-05-05. Date updated: 2007-11-03.
- Pacific Agri-food
Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Electronic Publications Index. Browse for publications relating to agricultural research performed by these  two British Columbia research centres operated by the Federal government. Date updated: 2005-06-19.
- Queen's Printer (Government of BC) hosts several sites which contain
electronic texts, among which are the searchable and browsable Revised Statutes and Consolidated Regulations
of British Columbia in HTML format. Date added: 2001-12-04.
- Royal British Columbia
Museum. Several of its publications are available online in the Research
section in HTML format and as Adobe PDF files.
- Strengthening the
Communities: Public Libraries of British Columbia (Public
Branch, BC Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services). This site hosts several BC-specific
electronic publications and library-related Web resources, including the
Electronic Law Library and the
Virtual Reference Desk.
Date updated: 2001-12-15.
- Canadian Initiative on Digital
Libraries (CIDL). Several BC libraries are members. Among the collaborative
projects under discussion is Kaleidoscope on Canada: A National Multimedia
Digital Library Project. A request
to fund a  Canadian Digital Local History Site (CDLHS) under
the Canadian Digital Cultural Content Initiative, Partnership Fund, administered
by Heritage Canada was submitted on May 15, 2001. The Our
Roots: Canada's Local History Online project resulted from this funding.  Links to various digital library resources,
including an important bibliography on e-preservation and members' digital
available. According to the May 2005 newsletter, CIDL is rebranding itself as Digital Canada numérique as part of a new vision to develop a comprehensive digital information infrastructure and preservation strategy. Date updated: 2005-06-19.
- The Georgia Basin Digital Library
Project. Vancouver, BC: Georgia Basin Futures Project. A public/private
sector partnership multimedia collaborative research and resource project
centered on the Strait of Georgia (Georgia Basin), including Puget Sound.
Additional information relating to the GBDLIB can be found on the Georgia Basin Futures Project
site. Date accessed: 2002-12-18. Date added: 2002-12-18.
- Living Landscapes (Royal BC Museum and
partners). Multimedia collaborative research and resource projects documenting
aspects of the Thompson-Okanagan, the Columbia Basin, the Upper Fraser Basin, and Peace River-Northern Rockies. See also
Digital Collections by Subject. Date updated: 2005-06-19.
- Pacific Rim Digital Library
Alliance. UBC Library is a member. The alliance is establishing a Pacific
Exploration Archive from member libraries' collections.
- New Westminster Public Library maintains a
New Westminster Heritage Web Site with
multimedia digital content.
- Vancouver Public Library, British Columbia City Directories, 1860-1901. A collection of digitized city directories covering BC, various individual BC cities and parts of the US Pacific Northwest. Date accessed: 2008-08-06. Date added: 008-08-06.
- The Virtual Reference
Desk, " a collaborative project of British Columbia's public libraries" to
classify (Dewey Decimal Classification System) and describe Internet/Web
resources. The VRD is searchable and browsable.
BC Digital Content Facilitators
These are BC agencies or organizations which finance or otherwise facilitate the production of,  management  of
or license existing and newly created digital content on behalf of BC's libraries and the general public under the Open Access model.
government has a few programs
which help finance the production of digital content.
See also Financing in the Digital
Library Construction Tools section.
- BC Electronic Library Network
(Hosted by Simon Fraser University). Date updated: 2004-05-26.
- Community-University Research Alliance
(CURA). Helped fund digitization projects developed by arts and heritage
organizations. Date updated: 2005-06-19.
Knowledge Project. Founded in 1998 by University of British Columbia Professor John Willinsky, " The project seeks to integrate emerging standards for digital library access and
document preservation, such as Open Archives and InterPARES, as well as for such areas as
maps and doctoral
PKP has developed widely used software for the production of Open Access Journals (Open Journal Systems), for conference scheduling (Open Conference Systems) and for metadata harvesting (PKP Open Archives Harvester). Date added: 2002-01-29. Date updated: 2007-08-03.
- Public Library Services Branch, BC Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's
Services. On June 16, 2005, responsibility for this branch was transferred to the Ministry of Education. Date updated: 2005-06-19.
- Synergies Network. An academic library consortium and Open Access distribution network that will make available scholarly research funded by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, along with Canadian humanities and social sciences research available through other sources. As of August 2, 2007 close to when it was founded, one of fhe five regional nodes is Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia and University
of Victoria are one of 16 affiliated universities. Date accessed: 2007-08-03. Date added: 2007-08-03.
- University of British Columbia, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, BC History Digitization Program. Program inaugurated in the fall 2006 the first grant year was 2007. Date added: 2006-11-15. Date updated: 2007-05-25.
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