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Profile: Current OGS Projects: Keeping and Valuing Ontario’s Heritage

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
The Keeping and Valuing Ontario’s Heritage project offers digitization services to heritage organizations throughout Ontario.

Through this project, digitized materials will be placed on the pay-per-view (PPV) section of the OGS website. This will allow web users to access documents from across Ontario in the comfort of their own homes. For a minimal fee, a user will be able to access documents such as vital statistic records, family history collections, church and school histories, and obituary collections. Other records that will be available include Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir Histories, land grant records, and tax records like assessment and collector’s rolls.

Digitization is very important as it allows a second copy of the information to exist. While nothing can replace the paper copy of a document, the digital copy will preserve the information, should the original be lost in a fire or flood. Digitization also improves the accessibility of the records and the inclusion of the documents in the PPV site can help promote small heritage organizations.

The heritage organization retains all ownership of the digitized documents and receives a digital copy. OGS will also retain a copy of the documents, allowing for a backup to exist, which increases the security of the records. Anyone interested in more information about this project is welcome to contact the OGS Provincial Office at: provoffice[@]ogs.on.ca.