Innovating with Collections Online

The Ontario Museum Association is pleased to share, in collaboration with Toronto History Museums and Digital Action Research & Training, a new resource for museums to ethically collect, preserve, and leverage oral histories and born-digital collections.

This toolkit was adapted from the MAP-funded programme “Innovating with Collections Online”, in partnership with Toronto History Museums, the Ontario Museum Association, and Digital Art Research Training (DART). The programme brought together a cohort of five Ontario Museums, working through a variety of issues relating to:

  • Collecting Born-Digital Assets (Oral histories Interviews / born-digital assets)
  • Archiving Born-Digital Collections (Digital preservation, right to privacy, Access and accessibility)
  • Dissemination of Born-Digital Collections (Interpreting, programming, exhibiting and innovation)

Through a series of workshops, mentorship, and action-based research experiments, the cohort learned by experience and shared best practices to help support the creation of this toolkit.

A microphone, one that might be used in an oral history project



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