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Canada Year Book Historical Collection

Presenter 1
Bernie Gloyn
Statistics Canada

First published in 1867 as the Year Book of British North America, the Canada Year Book became the premier reference resource on the social and economic life of Canada and its citizens, a function it still performs today. With funding from Heritage Canada, Statistics Canada has digitized the first hundred years of this important historical resource and is making it freely available on the Internet. An important step by the agency, it has allowed us to develop our expertise in making key historical resources more readily accessible, searchable and useable. The digitized year books are supplemented with tables, graphs and maps and are linked to a series of lesson plans to spark their use by teachers and students. Spanning more than 3 years to completion and exceeding a terabyte of data, the project has encountered and overcome a number of issues of interest to the IASSIST community. This presentation will give a brief history of the project, demonstrate the website, and highlight the issues overcome and future directions possible.

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