Get all caught up with the new Digitization Centre Impact Report!

Start off the new school year by getting all caught up on what the Digitization Centre has been up to over the past year. You can read all about it in the Digitization Centre Impact and Activity Report for 2017-2018! This report highlights key projects, partnerships, and content development trends for the 2017-2018 fiscal year

This year, Open Collections recieved 3.8 million unique pageviews, which accounted for 11% of the wider UBC Library’s pageviews, After Canada, most users came from the following countries:

Other highlights detailed in the report:

  • Collection enhancement through metadata cleanup and standardization.
  • Development of an automated workflow to generate OCR transcripts for non-latin language materials.
  • Updates on our web archiving efforts and new collections.
  • New and exciting ways that our collections are being used.
  • Ongoing digital preservation processing and auditing.
  • Updates about partnerships.
  • New collections and additions.



New additions to our digital collections included:

BC Sessional Papers:

New items dated from 1953 to 1968 were made available through Open Collections. Phase VI (1969-1982) began in May 2018.

Meiji at 150:

Primarily works from the Meiji period (1868- 1912), including 20 Meiji woodblocks prints, 6 volumes of Ainu books, 1 hand-painted kimono book, 12 E. H. Norman photographs, and more.

Similkameen Star:

The newest addition to our BC Historical Newspapers collection. This newspaper was published weekly in Princeton, B.C. We have digitized issues from 1900 to 1903.

The following collections were added to over the past year:

German Consulate fonds:

All 3,286 items in this collection are now available through Access to Memory (AtoM).

Hawthorn Fly Fishing & Angling Collection:

25 new items were added this year, brining the total number of items available in Open Collections up to 49.

Uno Langmann Family Collections of British Columbia Photographs:

1,086 newly digitized postcards were made available through Open Collections.

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