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The Heritage Community Foundation has positioned itself to be the primary content provider for Alberta on the World Wide Web in matters pertaining to heritage, community identity and pride, and public education. Since 1999, the Foundation has created dynamic websites showcasing Alberta's historical, natural, cultural, scientific and technological heritage. These websites and customized educational resources for teachers and students (Edukits) currently stand at 50 and comprise the content of the Alberta Online Encyclopedia. A Centennial Legacy grant from the Government of Alberta enabled the Foundation to create the database and all of the features required by a modern-day, multimedia encyclopedia.
The Alberta Online Encyclopedia is the
intellectual legacy project of Alberta's centenary and is
being launched on September 29th, 2005 at the TELUS World
of Science in Edmonton. It is:
The Alberta Online Encyclopedia resides at www.albertasource.ca. It is a "made in Alberta" product that allows the seamless technology of the SuperNet to bring meaningful content from every community in Alberta to users all over the world. Imagine authoritative web content that makes Alberta-past, present and future-accessible via the Internet.
The Alberta Online Encyclopedia is the first of its kind- a multi-media encyclopedia that showcases all aspects of the historical, cultural, natural, scientific and technological heritage of Alberta. The Encyclopedia is a dynamic, ever-growing content source that brings a world of knowledge to your fingertips. To ensure currency, the Heritage Community Foundation is undertaking the A to Z Fundraising Campaign to build sustaining resources in the nature of endowments and directed funds, from both public and private sector sources.
Alberta, on the strength of the Heritage Community Foundation's websites, has more authoritative content than any province or territory. The Encyclopedia will never be completed and is a constantly growing, dynamic resource.