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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 #22
Our winter newsletter highlights collections from Oshkosh Public Library and Edgewood College as well as new projects in the works from the Grant County Historical Society and the Middleton Area Historical Society.


WHO receives further support from Nicholas Family Foundation

WHO has been awarded a second operating grant from the Nicholas Family Foundation. This three-year funding commitment will enable us to continue our current outreach and training activities and also expand our efforts in education and promotion. In the coming months, we'll be exploring possible future directions for the growth of the WHO program, so stay tuned for further updates!


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/


Connecting to Collections

This year, the Wisconsin Department of Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning worked in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Wisconsin Federation of Museums and Wisconsin Library Services as part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Connecting to Collections program. The partner organizations worked with the Midwest Art Conservation Center to develop and conduct a study to assess the current conservation and preservation needs of Wisconsin museums, historical societies, libraries, archives, and other collecting cultural institutions. The partners have released a report summarizing the findings of that study as well as recommendations for a practical, prioritized plan of action to further improvements in collections care practices throughout the state. Read more about the Connecting to Collections initiative in Wisconsin here. 


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



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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