Experience Profile - Alex Neijens

Hello! I’m a graduate student entering the second year of my dual Masters degree in library and archives. Working for the ORHDP has been an amazing opportunity because it allowed me to get some hands-on experience in archives and project management and allowed me to travel throughout the region and learn more about its history.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 18:57

Historic O'Keefe Ranch

The Historic O’Keefe Ranch outside of Vernon was the second location for on-site collection.

It was decided that only a two-person team made up of Alex and myself were required for scanning the chosen objects at this site. We set up in a main room of the Greenhow Museum, in which we were able to discuss our project with passing museum patrons, and glance around at the artifacts.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 18:58

Our Equipment

Due to the nature of the project, the biggest requirement for the equipment to be purchased was that everything needed to be easily packed up and transportable from place to place. At the same time, however, we did not want to sacrifice being able to capture high-quality scans in favour of portability. After some research, we settled on the following equipment which combines quality and portability:

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 18:58

Experience Profile - Eamon Riordan-Short

I’m a biology student entering the third year of my undergrad. While the ORHDP may not be relevant to my studies, it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore local heritage and history.

As the project has gone on, I’ve fallen into my niche on the team as somewhat of a Photoshop specialist. Although my coworkers take on just as much editing as I do, I’ve had several years experience with Adobe Photoshop and similar software while creating artwork, and I’ve learned one or two tricks of the trade.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 19:02

Experience Profile - Sharon Hanna

Greetings! I’m a fourth-year student in computer science, with additional education in History and Library Science. Working with the ORHDP is an ideal job for me, as it combines many of my interests. I love going out to the community repositories, meeting new people, and learning more about the local history. And my co-workers are super!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 19:03

Peachland Museum

Our trip to Peachland marked the ORHDP team’s first site visit for our project. And what a site visit it was!

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 19:04


This blog provides more information about the Okanagan Region Historical Digitization Project (ORHDP), a project created to enhance access to the history of British Columbia’s Southern Interior through the digitization of archival resources.

Over the following weeks, the ORHDP’s team members will be posting their own experience profiles, as well as writing posts describing each of the site visits we’ve done thus far. We will also be posting about some of the more technical aspects of the project, such as the equipment we are using and how we migrate content.

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 19:04

What is the Okanagan Region Historical Digitization Project?

Funded by a donation from a private B.C.-based foundation and based out of the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia, the ORHDP was created to improve the accessibility of historical documents and photographs found in museums and archives in B.C.’s Southern Interior by scanning them and putting them online. To do this, a mobile digitization lab was formed, comprised of two laptops, two flatbed scanners, one book scanner, and four enthusiastic UBC students. Learn more about the project.

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 19:05


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