TORONTO — 26 November 2013 — The Canadian Encyclopedia, Historica Canada’s authoritative source for all things Canadian, launched a new interactive website and an exciting new chapter in its history at the Gardiner Museum today.
The redesigned website brings important updates, including new interactive features such as timelines, a Canada Tweets feed that aggregates updates from history-making Canadians, curated content exhibits and a user-generated content map that invites Canadians to share their own stories.
The fresh look also offers new editorial functionality with updated article layouts and research tools including automatic citation in four different styles as well as augmented multimedia.
As part of the relaunch, the Encyclopedia is calling out to contributors. Subject experts from across the country are invited to propose topics for new articles.
“We’re inviting Canadians to re-engage with the Encyclopedia in new and innovative ways that are in keeping with the digital world we live in,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of Historica Canada. "We want this to be the place where Canadians go for accurate, reliable information — and for the pleasure of telling our stories to each other.”
The Canadian Encyclopedia has more than tripled in size since it was first published in 1985. Today, it offers over 18,000 bilingual articles, by 4,400 authors, that are accessed by more than six million users every year. For a brief history of The Canadian Encyclopedia, visit our About page.
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Historica Canada, formerly known as The Historica-Dominion Institute, is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
Call to Canadian Contributors:
As The Canadian Encyclopedia launches an exciting new chapter in its 28-year history with a multi-faceted and eminently interactive new website, we’re calling on Canadians to contribute articles and ideas on topics from history and politics to art and science and everything in between.
We are seeking authors and researchers on the leading edge of their fields to present the Canadian stories, people and ideas that matter most. If you’re an expert on any aspect of Canadian history, society or culture, we invite you to propose new articles relevant to Canadians today. Redesigned and revised, the new Canadian Encyclopedia is continuously evolving in order to engage the next generation of readers.
We want to hear from experienced contributors who are passionate about creating an enduring cultural and historical legacy for all Canadians. Please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information:
Fadia Otariste, Communications Officer
1.866.701.1867 ext. 259