Monday, January 17, 2011
The Canadiana Discovery Portal
"An ambitious new search engine has been launched by an alliance of digital heritage advocates designed to allow one-stop searching for centuries of Canadian history. The Canadiana Discovery Portal combs through more than 60 million pages of information from 30 different library, museum and archive collections across the country. From old Saskatchewan postcards to sheet music, the search engine brings together access to 14 different institutional collections from coast to coast and in both French and English. Unlike traditional academic search engines, this one has been designed for ease. "It's more Google-like," said Ron Walker, executive director of Canadiana.org, an organization that facilitates digital initiatives and is spearheading the portal initiative. "Here's everything that exists, type in a name and see what comes up." The collections are varied. Quick searches on perennial topics in Canadian conversations yield a surprising diversity of results"