Best Repurposing of Descriptive Data Award
City of Burnaby wins International 2010 Best Re-Purposing of Descriptive Data Award from ArchivesNext, for Burnaby Archives’ web initiative, Charting Change: An Interactive Atlas of Burnaby’s Heritage
Sharing the honour with the Smithsonian Institute, in 2010 the City of Burnaby Archives won ArchivesNext’s “Best re-purposing of descriptive data” award for its Charting Change: An Interactive Atlas of Burnaby’s Heritage” initiative. With a global, monthly audience of approximately 10,000, ArchivesNext is an American weblog that showcases and discusses topics related to archives and technology worldwide.
The 2010 jury for this annual award included:
- Christine Di Bella, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ)
- Cory Nimer, Brigham Young University
- Lance Stuchell, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (University of Michigan)
- Chela Weber, Brooklyn Historical Society
Submissions for the awards are received from around the world, with this year’s winners including initiatives in the Netherlands, Washington, D.C., Texas and Burnaby.
The project was championed by Burnaby’s Community Heritage Commission, supported by City Council and funded, in part, through a grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage. The City’s portion of the project was funded through gaming funds, access to which enables the City to take on such valuable creative endeavours with no impact on the City’s tax base.
Launched in February 2010, the project was managed by the City Archives and represents a civic partnership involving the Heritage Program of the Planning and Building Department; the City Archives of the Clerk’s Department; Burnaby Village Museum, operated by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department; and the Burnaby Public Library.
“One of the goals of the Charting Change project was to bring together Burnaby’s heritage resources in a useful, accessible and interesting format that allowed our community to interact with and experience their history in a new way,” says Arilea Sill, City of Burnaby Archivist. “As such, the nomination and award announcement is a mark of success and recognition for the City as a whole for the creative approach it has taken in sponsoring such programs. The City Archives and the Heritage Burnaby partners look forward to building on this success in the future and will continue to improve and expand our collections for the benefit of our community.”
“We are extremely proud of the Charting Change initiative and the resource it provides for Burnaby residents and for anyone anywhere in the world who wants to learn – in an interactive environment – how Burnaby has evolved since its beginnings,” says Councillor Colleen Jordan, chair of Burnaby’s Community Heritage Commission. “Winning this prestigious award is a great independent acknowledgement of the value of the site.”
“I’m thrilled that Burnaby Archives is being acknowledged internationally for their creative work that benefits all Burnaby citizens,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan. “I look forward to Burnaby continuing to lead the way in taking creative, innovative approaches to all new opportunities.”
Charting Change: An Interactive Atlas of Burnaby’s Heritage can be accessed at heritageburnaby.ca/atlas