Today, the British Library announced the Picturing Canada project to
mark Canada Day (1st July). Those of you who were at GLAM-Wiki in
April may remember this collection: it's a digitisation of the
Canadian Copyright Collection, 1895-1924, covering photographs
deposited for copyright registration in Canada during this period.
There's currently about 2,000 photographs, many of which are
composites of multiple images stuck together; all are available as
full-resolution TIFFs and JPEGs.
There's more files still trickling up - including some interesting
aerial photographs, panoramas, and a collection of official
photographs from WWI - but almost all of the "general" images are now
online, and we're now just adding the oddities. Including the official
photographs, this will total around 4,000 works. Please do take a look
- there's some marvellous material in there.
WMF: http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/07/01/picturing-canada/ (in
English and French; translation by Benoit Rochon)
Thanks to Wikimedia UK and the Eccles Centre for American Studies for
funding this, and to Phil Hatfield at the British Library for
championing the collection!
- Andrew Gray
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