Canadian War Museum Launched “Canada and the First World War” Website
The Canadian War Museum’s did for it’s newly launched Canada and the First World War Web site. The online resource will allow the public to read and view thousands of war-time photographs, art, letters and diaries. Kathryn Lyons, senior interpretative planner at the Ottawa-based museum, said the massive collection gives users an amazing look into the day-to-day lives of Canada’s soldiers circa 1914.
"The thing that sets us apart from other Web projects is that we have hundreds of objects – lots of real stuff," she said. "We took really great, high-quality photos of all the objects we have in our collection as a way of rounding out the story for visitors to our site."
But with a project of such massive scale comes serious technical issues. "Size was really the biggest challenge for us and probably the one we were least prepared for," Lyons said. "We had to edit and translate about 100,000 words of text and keep track of the thousands of images we created. It was about 925 pages of Web content."
For museum staff, once it solved the problem of creating and compiling the digital artifacts, the focus shifted toward how to manage the content.
"Our artifacts, images and archival material already have databases," Lyons said. "It’s how the content is managed – both in-house for us and for researchers who want to go through our catalogues."
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