Prince Edward Island has made an extensive contribution to the history of a people and a country. The Island Archives Centre at the University of Prince Edward Island, in collaboration with our partners, is bringing PEI's rich history to life, making it widely available to present and future generations through complementary projects stewarding virtual artifacts.
The digitization of the world's knowledge is well underway. Whether it be the success of the Wikipedia, the Google Books project and its far-reaching ramifications for intellectual property and the printed word, or the race to develop the ideal eBook appliance, one thing is clear: the production of new knowledge in a digital context, and the conversion of the printed word to the same digital landscape, will continue at a rapid pace. For the lifelong learner, regardless of age or location, access to this world of information is unparalleled and must be maintained through open access and effective stewardship of the print record.
The Island Archives Centre will protect and offer access to all of PEI's contributions to our local and national heritage via a digital context infinitely more useful than that provided by traditional tools. Contributions to the "official word" will include records and images of items held in libraries and museums, but will also encompass items contributed by individuals - ultimately weaving an incredibly rich and detailed historical tapestry.