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Welcome to the Wisconsin Heritage Online Resources Wiki!
This wiki is designed to serve current and potential Content Providers--Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies that are sharing their unique collections through the Wisconsin Heritage Online portal.


With the Wiki, You Can . . . 

  • Access up-to-date guidelines and educational opportunities. 
  • Take part in continuing discussion and development of statewide digitization standards.
  • Make connections with other WHO content providers and partner organizations. 


To become a Content Provider, contact us or submit the WHO Membership Form. Annual member dues are $50 for small organizations and $100 for large organizations.



**Latest News** 

WHO News #21
Our fall newsletter includes updates on collections from Milwaukee Public Library, Ripon College, and the Stone Lake Area Historical Society as well as a feature on imaging vendor Northern Micrographics of La Crosse.


Wisco Histo blog

Our new Tumblr blog uses Wisconsin digital history resources to create connections across time and place. So far, weekly themes have ranged from the Civilian Conservation Corps to Main Street postcards to long-gone Wisconsin breweries. Stay tuned for a new theme each week! http://wiscohisto.tumblr.com/


Wisconsin Heritage Online portal reaches 100,000 items

Following our most recent data harvest, we've reached an exciting landmark: 100,000 digital items are now available through the WHO portal. This total includes photos, maps, artifacts, articles, books and more from dozens of libraries, archives, historical societies and museums around the state. To see a list of all available collections, visit http://wisconsinheritage.org/subject.html


New collections harvested

In September, 24 new collections were harvested into the Wisconsin Heritage Online research portal. To explore the new collections, check out the sub-collection drop-down menu on the Guided Search page of the WHO portal.


Training grant available through December 2011

Thanks to a grant from the Nicholas Family Foundation, Wisconsin Heritage Online has hired an Outreach Specialist who will provide digitization training and support to local historical societies, small public libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions across the state through December 2011. See the Training Grant page to read our grant proposal. See the Hosted Content Providers page for a list of projects currently underway with grant support.




What is WHO?

These links provide a general introduction to this collaborative statewide digitization initiative.




For Content Providers

Start with the links below to learn about planning and executing a digital project. 


  • Planning Guidelines for selecting materials and equipment, plus an overview of the steps involved in working with WHO.
  • Copyright Essential legal issues to consider before posting material on the web.
  • Digital Imaging Scanning, photography, image editing, and more.
  • Audio Files An introduction to working with digital audio collections, particularly oral histories.
  • Metadata Best practices for cataloging your digital content.
  • CONTENTdm For Hosted Content Providers using the Project Client provided by the Milwaukee Public Library.
  • PastPerfect For Hosted Content Providers cataloging items in PastPerfect.
  • Preservation Recommendations for storing and maintaining your digital files.
  • Other Issues This catch-all page includes information about collection development, accessibility, and other concerns.
  • Forms and Documents Useful things, including the WHO Membership Form and Collection Hosting Application.
  • Educational Resources Tutorials, blogs, guidelines, listservs, and articles about digitization efforts nationwide.
  • Explore Digital Collections Browse a diverse array of digital collections from national and international institutions.
  • Confused by any of the terms used in official WHO documents? Check out the WHO Glossary



WHO Board and Working Groups


WHO News Archive 


Questions? Contact us.

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