10 August 2008

First World War online exhibition from the Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum has launched an online exhibition, titled Canada and the First World War, which opens with a simple interface and the statement: "Canada's contribution to the First World War led to growing autonomy and international recognition, but at great cost." The site then lists five categories to follow: "Introduction to the First World War", "History of the First World War", "Objects and Photos of the First World War", "Teacher Resources", and "The Canadian War Museum".

In an e-mail sent by Tim Cook, the First World War Historian at the Canadian War Museum he notes that the project incorporates more than 700 digitized images of artefacts, 6,000 official photographs and more than 100,000 words of interpretative text. He writes that visitors to the online exhibition can "move thematically by subject matter - navigating along top and side bars - or delve into artifacts directly. When examining the artifact images, there is an extremely robust viewing mechanism - zoomify - that allows for deep enhancement."

Canada and the First World War is reportedly just the first of the museum's internet-based exhibitions, and a new one is expected next year on the Royal Canadian Navy.

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