Partnership Information

The Historic Nova Scotia project is based on a rich set of partnerships with archives, museums, libraries, heritage organizations, educators, and others. This project is dedicated to strengthening this partnership network and identifying opportunities for mutual support.

How to contribute

Free permissions and/or licensing for digital images:

Example: the Beaton Institute provided the research material and photographs for the story on Sydney’s Great Fire of 1901. The Beaton was given credit as research support and all image captions included the Beaton as the source plus their reference codes.

Access and permission to excerpt digital audio or video files:

Example: the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society included a video in their story on the Clam Harbour United Church. The Eastern Shore Archives, which houses the video, is credited as the source.

Permission to publish original research and interpretation:

Example: the Halifax Municipal Archives gave permission to publish revised versions of feature pages on their website. The archives was credited as the author and the web version of the story links back to the original webpage. See this example on the Great Flagpole.

Student and faculty research and writing:

Example: Mount Saint Vincent University student, Sarah Paytner, wrote a story about Simpson's Halifax as part of Mount Saint Vincent University course, Inventing the Past: Public History in Atlantic Canada (HIST 3328/4481), taught by Dr. Corey Slumkoski.

Benefits partners receive

Increased access to archival materials and drive visitation to communities and heritage sites:

Historic Nova Scotia complements the efforts of heritage organizations to highlight materials from their collections and encourages students, the public, and educators to use these collections. The contextual stories provided to Historic Nova Scotia may improve the “findability” of historic content through online promotion.

Increased visibility for partner institutions:

Partners who have contributed images or other archival materials are prominently listed on the ‘About’ page. Project partners and their contributions are highlighted in any promotional efforts done as part of the Historic Nova Scotia project. Additionally, where involved in the development of stories, contributing partners are given credit in the author information, and full citations for any primary source material is given.

Publication for students, researchers, and professionals:

Historic Nova Scotia prominently lists author and affiliation credits for individual or institutional contributors. Related sources for individual stories can include references to published work or links back to related digital projects and publications. In this way, Historic Nova Scotia is a digital publication that the authors can list in a resume or include in a professional portfolio and gain visibility for related projects.

Partnerships for grant applications/financial support:

Historic Nova Scotia is a cost effective way of offering online and mobile engagement to an exhibition or program related to local history. Including information about a partnership with Historic Nova Scotia (with details on the expanded audience reached through the partnership) may help support a competitive grant application.

Available platform for collaborative digital interpretation:

We have developed Contributor Information and Story Writing Guidelines to support partners who may be interested in producing content for Historic Nova Scotia. Collaborative projects could include developing a mobile tour based on content housed in multiple institutions but that shares a common theme.  




 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.





Version notes


July 17, 2018

Roger Gillis, Lisa Pasolli, Sharon Murray

First draft - initial policies developed - version submitted to Advisory Group


July 26, 2018


Draft reviewed and approved by group.