Tuesday, June 14, 2005

NC ECHO surveying statewide digitization projects

A few weeks ago, North Carolina Exploring Cultural Heritage Online (NC ECHO) put out a call on the DigiStates discussion list for statewide projects to respond to a survey. Recently a list was posted of those projects that had responded. Where are there statewide digitization projects occurring? This list gives us a good starting point.
Who's missing from the list? Well, off the top of my head, there are also the New Jersey Digital Highway (http://www.njdigitalhighway.org/), and the Maine Memory Network (http://www.mainememory.net/). Who else can you think of? Post a comment and let us know. Let's build a comprehensive list! Perhaps we'll unearth a project that has not yet been recognized.

BTW, there is not a statewide project in New York. The state has not initiated anything and no one else has been able to muster the support ($) to begin such a project. However, there are themes that run across NYS and lots of possible content to create a dynamite project. (Keep in mind that NYS was one of the original 13 colonies and that a lot of history has occurred in NYS -- women's rights, abolition, the Erie Canal, various wars, etc. And let us not forget that New York City was the capitol of the U.S. for a short time.)


Charles W. Bailey, Jr. said...

Collaborative Digitization Projects in the United States

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you know what i liked? that Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage has Sachse's Bird's Eye View of the City of Baltimore 1869 still elicits the same fascination today as it did some 140 years ago when it first appeared. Historians and genealogists survey the map to find neighborhood burying grounds and churches that ancestors would have attended. This new digital version from the Maryland Department of the Central Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center allows the viewer not only to see the exquisite detail of the original 12 parts but also to view and appreciate in composite form this monumental achievement in art and mapmaking!