This page is for information about the site and thoughts about the project.
The Digital Scholarship Lab at Brock University (https://brocku.ca/library/dsl/) was a critical partner in this project. The digital infrastructure for the COVID-19 in Niagara website would not exist without them.
On April 7, Tim Ribaric of the DSL and David Sharron of the Brock Archives chatted about the pandemic project in the podcast Steering the Digital Scholarship. They discussed how the project came about, why it is important, what items are being submitted, and how long the project will remain active. As a weird bonus, Tim and Dave also discuss the best utensils for eating pie and popcorn.
To learn more, click on either icon below and have a listen:
This site uses exhibit design software called Omeka-S. While it has many great features, it is open source and in constant development. Some features may have glitches. We are doing our best to address these as we discover them. But some technical issues are out of our control. We thought it was more important to launch this website quickly as we are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic rather than have a perfect product that could take weeks or longer to develop. Please be patient and keep contributing. It will improve.
- Video clips do not play well in Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers. You may hear it but not see it.
- Video clips: The play button is hard to see. It is to the left of the 00:00 on the timing bar at the bottom of the viewing box. Click in this space and the video will begin.
- The software does not like files from Microsoft Office like Word or PowerPoint. Save these as PDF files to upload or cut and paste the text into the text field.
- This software is best viewed on desktop monitors, laptop computers, and tablets. It works fine with cellphones. The layout is just not as clean.
Another major pandemic - the Spanish Flu of 1918-1920
One inspiration for this site has been the Spanish Flu epidemic that ravaged the world from 1918 to 1920. As the 100th anniversary of this global event approached, researchers began diving into archival collections and museums to find primary records that shed light on how leaders, medical professionals, and citizens dealt with the illness. A lot of great scholarship, exhibits, and a better understanding of this time came from these resources. But these researchers had to travel far and wide to find these documents and pull all the information together to finish their work.
We hope that by your sharing your experiences on this website, a strong, centralized collection for COVID-19 in Niagara will result. Sometime in the near and far future, students, authors, and other curious folks will be able to use these materials to retell the history of this challenging time.
This is consciously preserving history as a major event happens which is a unique opportunity.