Thursday, 15 November 2012

Canadian WW1 Out of the Trenches project

Library and Archives Canada launch Out of the Trenches: A Linked Open Data Project video

Produced by the Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage Network, the video highlights new work in mapping archive collections across Canada. It uses multimedia to showcase records and photographs and includes some examples of individual soldier's life stories, recreated using primary source materials.

Partners of the Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage Network (PCDHN) have developed a "proof-of-concept" to showcase a sampling of the network's wealth of digital resources using "linked open data" and principles of the semantic web. The underlying premise is to expose the metadata for these resources using RDF/XML and existing/published ontologies (element sets) and vocabularies, maximizing discovery by a broad user community.

The partners selected the First World War as the topic for the digital resources to be contributed to the proof-of-concept. The metadata for these digital resources was provided by five partner institutions.
Archives Canada also has an older site with war diaries and archives records which you can search.

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