Heritage Canadiana War Diaries Updated

Discussion in 'Canadian' started by dryan67, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. JohnS

    JohnS Senior Member

    Any word when the next batch will come in?
     
  2. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    I am still waiting as well. My last contact said that they should start uploading in January. I noticed that there has been a shift in locations of the main links on the Military pages, which may indicate that they are uploading to some of the areas. So far nothing new in the War Diaries though. As the month gets closer to the end with no contact, I will send a query. I hate hassle anyone and have tried to limit my contacts.

    I did sent them a copy of my spreadsheet and they did seem appreciative.
     
  3. JohnS

    JohnS Senior Member

    It is a good spreadsheet. I use it often.
     
  4. Tiflo 62

    Tiflo 62 Member

    Hello,

    Do you know if they will add a button or something else to download a complete roll?
    I made a program to download the both images of a folder but it still tooks a lot of time...

    Cheers!
     
  5. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    I queried them about that very issue regarding downloading a complete roll. I compared it the Australian War Diary site, where you can download PDFs of an entire month. They felt that it would just tie up the site with massive downloads, which is probably correct. They are offering the information for free and they should be commended since it is a great quantity of data.

    I have been indexing the "1946 Army Central Registry" section recently. It contains an amazing amount of information regarding the formation of the Canadian Army, though many images are very poor. Unfortunately, they destroyed the originals after microfilming.

    I am not sure what your program does, but I am interested. Is it PC-centric or will it work on a Macintosh computer?
     
  6. JohnS

    JohnS Senior Member

    Wow, you wrote a program to do your work for you. Now that is getting serious. I still do it the old fashion way by saving one at a time to my computer.
     
  7. Tiflo 62

    Tiflo 62 Member

    Hi,
    When I will improve this program (and if no donwload function is added) I will send you a link to get it.
     
  8. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Thanks. I will look forward to any time saver.
     
  9. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    I have received an update regarding the Heritage Canadiana war diaries from my contact there. The War Diary update did not come in January as I originally stated. When I made contact yesterday the first response was that all the war diaries that will be posted are already online. There is a spreadsheet on the site that tells the areas that are complete and that what my contact referenced. I mentioned that he had originally stated that there are 742 reels currently online with a total of 1068 reels as the goal. He said he would check on this discrepancy from the site spreadsheet.

    He got back to me today with some good news. I will quote his reply:

    "Unfortunately, the spreadsheet was in error: we have an additional 300-400 reels digitized and ready to appear online, but are still experiencing delays in getting them up (we're in the middle of rebuilding the way we upload content, which will make the operation much more efficient going forward, at the cost of some growing pains right now)."

    Rather than unfortunate, it appears that the mistake is fortunate for those of you interested in seeing future additions to the war diaries. He did not indicate a time line but the reels have already been digitized so that is good news.

    I will post any further updates here.
     
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  10. JohnS

    JohnS Senior Member

    Thanks for posting and I wait patiently...well...I wait.
     
  11. JohnS

    JohnS Senior Member

    I spotted two missing files on the Excel sheet. They are: T-18389, which has the 14th Field Company, RCE and the HQ I Cdn. Corps Troops and T-18390, which has the 14th Field Company, R.C.E. and the 15th Field Company, R.C.E.
     
  12. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    I will check it out tomorrow. Thanks.
     
  13. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    JohnS,

    Check out the thread. There is newer version of the spreadsheet further along in the thread.
     
  14. JohnS

    JohnS Senior Member

    Oh, I missed that one. Thanks. I got the first two, but not the third. Well, two out three isn't bad I guess.
    Still no word on more reels?
     
  15. JohnS

    JohnS Senior Member

    Oh btw, the updated excel file is missing the 15th and HQ 1st on the two reels. I went through these files the other day and they are on them. See my list above.
     
  16. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    I have not heard anything at this point. I will try and connect Heritage and see if I can get any more information.
     
  17. JohnS

    JohnS Senior Member

    I ordered a couple and they said that they should be up within 10 to 12 weeks. I hope that they are part of a bunch!!! Fyi: both were RCE files, which shouldn't come as a surprise to some of you.

    Btw: they seemed quite pleased that someone is interested in these.
     
  18. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    I put an email into my contact as well on Friday (4/15/16). I will see what he has to say. Keep us informed regarding your order.
     
  19. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    I have received the following response today from the Heritage Canadiana site regarding the posting of additional war diaries:

    "There are several reasons why things are proceeding slowly: while we rebuild our automated ingestion tools, we are forced to ingest content into the repository manually (in a time-consuming way); also, fiscal year-end obligations have forced us to prioritize other content over the Heritage backlog.

    To tackle your question directly: my best guess would be within "months." But I'm also inquiring with our production staff and will let you know when I hear back."

    I will post any additional information that I receive,
     
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  20. 17thDYRCH

    17thDYRCH Senior Member

    With help from GPO's son, I was able to review T12660 - 12663 which covers the 7th Recce Regiment, 3rd Cdn Div. Thanks again Matt.
    David, a great resource has been uncovered. Thanks very much.
     

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