OurOntario.ca is an online resource discovery tool - a portal to
Ontario's digital collections (audio, video, image and text files)
about Ontario history, heritage and culture. Search results from
OurOntario.ca points to the digital collections of libraries, archives,
museums, historical societies, women's institutes, and other content
providers on contributing member's websites.
If your organization/institution has digital resources or is
planning to digitize collections let us assist you in bringing users to
your content via the OurOntario.ca meta-search. There are a variety of
ways that your digital content can be discovered through the portal:
- For existing, complete digital collections in which each digital
object has a separate URL and metadata (catalogue) record, we suggest
importing the existing records into the Our Ontario index so that each
object can be discovered through the portal.
- For existing, complete digital collections in which individual
objects are not identified with unique URLs, we can add a link to your
Collection home page through the portal (please complete the Collections via OurOntario.ca Survey).
What's the difference between importing records and linking to a
collection? For example: University of Toronto: Anatomia 1522-1867: Anatomical
Plates from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is an Imported
Collection and the Fort Erie Public Library has three Linked Collections.
- To create a new digital collection, the VITA toolkit offers
contributors a free user-friendly software package for creating digital
objects, record management, hosting, and a customizable web site for
- If you need a user-friendly record creation and editing tool, it
is possible to transfer the existing collection metadata (catalogue)
records into the Our Ontario web based toolkit, supplying your
organization/institution with software, hosting and a customizable site
for displaying your collection online (e.g. Whitby Images).
Let us help you determine what the best choice is for your
organization/institution by telling us about your digital content.
This online registry form takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
We realize that some legacy documentation may not contain answers to
some of our questions, but please provide as much information as
Once you submit the survey, we will review the information and
contact you for a follow-up discussion.
If you have any questions or comments about this form, please do not
hesitate to contact
Jess Posgate, Our Ontario Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone 1-888-537-1377 x.38.