UBC funds local digitization projects

Two local projects have received grants from the University of B.C., as part of its BC History Digitization Program.

Two local projects have received grants from the University of B.C., as part of its BC History Digitization Program.

The West Kootenay Women’s Association will receive $10,000 for the second phase of their digital archive, which concentrate on audio/visual, including “interviews with significant figures in the feminist movement in the West Kootenay,” as well as posters, photos, and slides of various historical events. The project’s first phase, which digitized a wealth of printed material, is available at kootenayfeminism.com.

The other grant is $800 to the Kootenay Lake Historical Society to produce a video documentary using videotaped interviews with 11 pioneers from the Kaslo area from 1985, in which they recount the early settlement of the region.

The projects should be completed and ready for viewing within a year.

Launched in 2006, the digitization program is an initiative of UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre with the goal of making B.C. heritage accessible to the public. This year it’s providing about $180,000 to a total of 21 projects.