Release Date: April 17, 2008
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Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan receives more than one million web hits in first year on-line

For the past year, Saskatchewan residents - as well as people from around the world - have been touring the province from their own homes using the on-line version of the University of Regina's Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. The results are impressive: since the Encyclopedia first became available on-line last April, www.esask.uregina.ca has received more than one million hits.

While the approximately 1,200,000 views cover almost every entry in the Encyclopedia, some entries in particular have received a great deal of attention. The entry entitled "Aboriginal People of Saskatchewan," for example, was viewed the most times, with just over 10,700 hits throughout the year. The "Military History of Saskatchewan" entry was a close second, with almost 10,400 views. Other popular entries include "Saskatoon" (approximately 9,400 hits), "Native Grasses and Grasslands" (more than 7,800), "Women of Saskatchewan" (almost 6,200), "Grain Elevators" (almost 4,800) and "Saskatchewan Roughriders" (more than 4,100).

"We hoped that the on-line Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan would allow a large audience to learn about our province and experience its history, and that has certainly been the case," says David Gauthier, the General Manager for the Encyclopedia and the University of Regina's Vice-President, Research and International. "The on-line Encyclopedia fulfills the commitment of our contributors, editors and sponsors to the people of this province, providing them with a great learning resource. At the same time, the web statistics provide us with a unique snapshot of what subject areas most interest people about our province."

The Canadian Plains Research Center first published the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan in print form in 2005. The largest educational publishing project in Saskatchewan history, the printed version has more than 1,000 pages, and includes the work of more than 800 contributors. When the online version launched in April 2007, additions to the original were made, including new statistical information, photographs, and the option to read selected entries in French.