Tuesday, February 3, 2009

January 2009 Update

Steering Committee
The Steering Committee met on Thursday, January 22nd. The minutes will be posted to the blog shortly along with a message from chairperson Derek Watts.

November’s update recognized two Cape Breton heritage workers who have been in the field for 20 years. One of them has just received even greater recognition than our simple thanks. Martin Boston was chosen as the latest Faces of Heritage profile. I encourage you all to read his story, and visit him at the Orangedale Railway Museum if you haven’t already been there. If you would like to nominate someone for similar acknowledgement, you can learn more by visiting the website.

Made in Nova Scotia – Phase III
The deadline for completing this year’s Made in NS project work has arrived. Last month we told you that while we had completed our end of the bargain, we were still waiting for some partner sites to upload information and make our numbers a reality.

Lynn is still working on tying up the loose ends of the project, which includes uploading the remaining records to fully complete & further exceed the project deliverables. If you have not uploaded your enriched information yet, she will be calling you to assist with this process. It is absolutely imperative that this is done in order to receive our final payment from CHIN.

Artefacts Canada Tally
January has been a busy month with the completion of the Made in NS work requirements and a variety of meetings. 1,560 records were uploaded to Artefacts Canada this month. This still hasn’t changed the regional standings, but Passage museums now have a grand total of 48,245 records online.

Here are the current regional standings:
Southwest: 22,362
Northeast: 16,755
Central: 5,773
Cape Breton: 3,355

Congratulations to the Northeast region for uploading the most records this month.
As we outlined in this year’s renewal letter & contract, it is absolutely imperative that we get all of the database records online by the summer. If your records aren’t uploaded yet, give us a call and we will help you with this.

Staff Report
Karin & Lynn have been very busy this month. Here is a breakdown of how they spent their time.

Monthly Breakdown:


















Database Work






System Maintenance



Blog Polls
Thank you to everyone who voted in our recent blog polls. Here are the results:
Websites – asking whether or not your website worked for you. Of 21 respondents, 8 people said yes, 7 people said no, and 6 people said somewhat.
Classifying photographs – how do you do it? Of 13 respondents, 7 people enter them as archival, 3 as artifacts, and 3 as archival/artifact.

You will notice that there is a new question at the bottom of the page, and so we ask if you would once again cast your ballot. Remember that the more responses we get, the better we can cater to your needs. Ideas for questions can be sent to Karin for posting.

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