I’ve previously posted about Project Alouette on Slaw. Here is an excerpt about the project from today’sChronicle for Higher Education
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
AlouetteCanada Hopes to Pluck Scattered Digitization Efforts Into a Central Portal
By SCOTT CARLSON
Librarians and archivists in Canada are hopeful that a new nationwide online project, scheduled to go live today, will pull together digitization efforts across the country and make them easily accessible to the public.
The project, AlouetteCanada, is named after a French-Canadian children’s song. It is intended to be a portal site for boutique digitization projects at various colleges and museums. As a searchable, open-access database, Alouette will focus on digitized materials about or of interest to Canadians.
Most of the money for the project will come from public funds, although the exact sources of that money are not yet clear. Public funds support all higher-education institutions in Canada, and about 30 such institutions have committed $4,000 each to AlouetteCanada to support the project for the next few months. After that, coordinators of the project are hoping to get money through other sources, such as government grants.
Alouette Canada has updated their website with more information since my last posting. Their stated mandate is
We subscribe to the vision of AlouetteCanada—that by its efforts Canadians will better know themselves, and the world will have the opportunity to know Canadians through equitable and enduring access to Canada’s digital documentary heritage.
We recognize that the AlouetteCanada vision will be implemented by fostering the greatest possible degree of easy, universal, online access for all Canadians to their documentary heritage. We will advocate for integrated, coherent, flexible, open access to digital content for education and research in Canada; and furthermore we will work in concert with the Canadian digital information strategy being developed by Library and Archives Canada.
AlouetteCanada is committed to a coordinated and sustained national strategy to digitize Canada’s information and knowledge resources with 2006 as the launch year.
In futherance of this, they provide a template to send in digitalization projects for inclusion in a national database.