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An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives
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An Overview of On-Line Developments in Scottish Archives

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An introduction to the Scottish Archive Network, including its benefits, issues and lessons learnt. Part of the "Electric Connections 2008: Collaborating on Content" conference.

An introduction to the Scottish Archive Network, including its benefits, issues and lessons learnt. Part of the "Electric Connections 2008: Collaborating on Content" conference.

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  • 1. An overview of on-line developments in Scottish Archives <ul><li>Kevin Wilbraham </li></ul><ul><li>Council Records Manager </li></ul><ul><li>City of Edinburgh Council </li></ul>
  • 2. Unlocking the past <ul><li>Promoting access to archives </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging with new audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>British Archives – The Way Forward (1998) </li></ul><ul><li>Archives On-Line: The Development of a UK Archival Network (1998) </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Priorities for UK Archives 2005-2010 (2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Priority </li></ul><ul><li>On-line access to catalogues = National Archives Network </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: AIM25, A2A, The Hub </li></ul>
  • 3. <ul><li>HLF funded partnership project – </li></ul><ul><li>National Archives of Scotland &amp; Genealogical Society of Utah </li></ul><ul><li>53 participating archives </li></ul><ul><li>Improve access to Scotland’s archives – </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of single electronic catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Cross sectoral – </li></ul><ul><li>University, local authority, health boards etc </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 collections on-line </li></ul>
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  • 5. <ul><li>Additional benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Retro conversion of catalogues </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogue revision (professional archival standards) </li></ul><ul><li>Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Not comprehensive </li></ul><ul><li>Collection level only (MacA2A, Scottish Council on Archives) </li></ul><ul><li>aUK – ‘one stop shop to archives’ </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability protocols/ digitisation standards </li></ul>
  • 6. Digitising content <ul><li>Drivers - </li></ul><ul><li>Growing demand/ expectation </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of funding </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation – </li></ul><ul><li>access to surrogate records </li></ul><ul><li>Two strands? </li></ul><ul><li>On-line documentation for research purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Promotional/ exhibition/ e-learning material </li></ul>
  • 7. Digitising content: promotion &amp; exhibition <ul><li>NOF Funding (Resources for Learning Scotland) </li></ul><ul><li>Treasures projects </li></ul><ul><li>Larger scale projects </li></ul><ul><li>Examples - </li></ul><ul><li>Drawn Evidence </li></ul><ul><li>East Coast Fisheries </li></ul><ul><li>Ayrshire Libraries Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Witchcraft </li></ul><ul><li>Working Lives </li></ul>
  • 8. Lessons learnt <ul><li>Project management </li></ul><ul><li>Sufficient resources </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata creation </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery method </li></ul><ul><li>Material selection </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright issues </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul>
  • 9. Research on line….at a price <ul><li>On-line documentation for research </li></ul><ul><li>High volume/ highly structured personal information </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish wills and testaments </li></ul><ul><li>Kirk session records </li></ul>National Archives of Scotland Court of the Lord Lyon General Register Office for Scotland Aim - On-line resource for family historians
  • 10. Research on line….at a price <ul><li>Demand driven </li></ul><ul><li>Pay as you go – sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Improves access &amp; preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration model – encouraged at a local level </li></ul><ul><li>What about other records? </li></ul>
  • 11. Other priorities <ul><li>Delivery of front line services </li></ul><ul><li>Appraisal, arrangement &amp; description of collections </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation &amp; conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion and outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Archive provision – patchy </li></ul><ul><li>Greater advocacy/ archives legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Council on Archives </li></ul>
  • 12. Way forward? <ul><li>Collaborative working (content and funding) </li></ul><ul><li>Also skills, technology, expertise and best practice </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate infrastructure/ networks in place? </li></ul><ul><li>Museums, Libraries &amp; Archives Council </li></ul><ul><li>Regional agencies for Museums, Libraries &amp; Archives </li></ul>Digital Access Scotland: Archives, Libraries &amp; Museums?
  • 13. Long term preservation &amp; access <ul><li>Technological obsolescence/ migration issues </li></ul><ul><li>Born digital records – linked strategies? </li></ul><ul><li>National initiatives – TNA, NAS (Digital Data Archive) </li></ul><ul><li>Cross collaborative - Digital Preservation Coalition, Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>Local solutions? </li></ul><ul><li>Priority - Digital Access Scotland: Archives, Libraries &amp; Museums? </li></ul>

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