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Heritage Community Foundation Presents
Alberta Online Encyclopedia

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About Us

The Heritage Community Foundation is an educational trust committed to connecting people with heritage. The Foundation creates digital resources providing:

  • Authoritative information about Alberta's historical, natural, cultural, scientific, and technological heritage
  • Educational resources
  • Virtual exhibitions
  • Heritage and cultural tourism materials
  • Online catalogues, searchable databases, and Web tools

One of Canada's largest Web publishers, the Heritage Community Foundation's research methods are based on the highest scholarly and museum standards, including cultural memory, living tradition, and documentary resources, such as the conduct and use of oral histories and other primary sources. Our Web sites, which together make up the Alberta Online Encyclopedia, also draw on the resources of museums, archives, heritage organizations and institutions, and private collections. In addition to our museum and archive expertise, we work in the education sector, with community organizations, and with private sector clients. Collaborative efforts include those with heritage organizations, the media, professional organizations, the Aboriginal and Francophone communities, as well as with a range of ethnocultural communities.

The Alberta Online Encyclopedia, the primary intellectual legacy project for Alberta's centenary, exploits the full potential of the Web medium by placing issues, people, events, activities, and artifacts within a comprehensive context of historical, environmental, cultural, social, economic, and political meaning. In 2006, Albertasource.ca received in excess of 60 million hits, with over 1.5 million unique visitors viewing our 73 dynamic Web sites comprising 6.6 million pages with average visit duration of 24 minutes. The Alberta Online Encyclopedia is comprised of scores of multimedia books, virtual exhibits, online catalogues, and educational resources that facilitate discovery and learning.

The Heritage Community Foundation is dedicated to the development of multimedia, online learning resources that make learning about heritage a fun and interactive experience. All Web sites are designed with curriculum linkages to the Alberta Program of Studies. The Web site development process includes content experts, educators, and members of the public in review of the site prototype, which tests content, site architecture, instructional design, and navigation.

The Foundation specializes in providing a number of services, including:

  • material culture research projects
  • development of original text content
  • Web site development
  • videography
  • oral histories published as streaming video vignettes
  • marketing and communications materials
  • project design, planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting

The Heritage Community Foundation also invites you to visit Albertaheritage.net, Alberta's first heritage and cultural tourism Web site with information about museums, archives, historic sites, organizations, and foundations committed to preserving and interpreting Alberta's heritage.

For further information, please contact:

Adriana Davies, PhD
Heritage Community Foundation
Suite 54, 9912 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1C5
Phone: (780) 424-6512 x. 222
Nena Jocic-Andrejevic, BA, CFRE
General Manager
Heritage Community Foundation
Suite 54, 9912 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1C5
Phone: (780) 424-6512 x. 235

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