The following does Not constitute a call for tender or request for proposal.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) collects and preserves Canada's documentary heritage, and makes it accessible to all Canadians. This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audiovisual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents such as websites. As part of its mandate, LAC works closely with other archives and libraries to acquire and share these materials as widely as possible.
LAC is committed to making as much of its collection as possible available online. LAC has determined that genealogical records are a priority.
The following URL provides additional information on LAC's programs:
The Generations Network (TGN) is an American company based in Provo Utah, which specializes in the production of genealogical information for its subscribers. It is an expert in watermarking, digitization and indexing records related to genealogical information and skilled at displaying this information online through its various websites, including ancestry.ca, rootsweb.com, genealogy.com. They have a substantial infrastructure to support these efforts. This includes very fast web access, databases of information. Their experience with Archives includes the national archives of the National Archives and Records Administration Office of the United States and the National Archives of England and Wales. They have a demonstrated commitment to and experience in handling original fragile records for the purposes of digitization. They are capable of high quality scanning which can create a true copy of the original.
To achieve their mutual objectives, LAC and TGN have identified an opportunity for collaboration in the further enhancement of each other's ability to make genealogical information accessible. LAC is particularly interested in forming a collaborative arrangement with TGN, a company familiar with this environment and specialized in the scanning and indexing of original historical documents, microfiche copies and microfilm copies and dissemination of such information through a number of proprietary web sites.
This notice provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the proposed arrangement, including interest in similar projects.
The Scope of the Proposed Project Includes:
Digital images of selected record sets
Indices of selected record sets
Internet Access to these images and indices
This is a non-monetary project, both parties contributing expertise, knowledge and resources towards a shared and common objective. Both LAC and TGN are responsible for costs associated with their portions of the project.
Only records which are publicly available will be digitized under this project. TGN and LAC will fully respect the Privacy Act, including conducting appropriate privacy impact assessments.
For More Information:
Library and Archives Canada
Programs and Services Sector
395 Wellington Street
Canada K1A 0N4
Telephone: (613) 992-7059
Fax: (613) 947-2706
For historical information visit: Archived What's New