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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
    • Kevin Wilbraham
    • Council Records Manager
    • City of Edinburgh Council
  • 2. Unlocking the past
    • Promoting access to archives
    • Engaging with new audiences
    • Promoting e-learning
    • British Archives – The Way Forward (1998)
    • Archives On-Line: The Development of a UK Archival Network (1998)
    • Funding Priorities for UK Archives 2005-2010 (2005)
    • Priority
    • On-line access to catalogues = National Archives Network
    • Examples: AIM25, A2A, The Hub
  • 3.
    • HLF funded partnership project –
    • National Archives of Scotland & Genealogical Society of Utah
    • 53 participating archives
    • Improve access to Scotland’s archives –
    • Creation of single electronic catalogue
    • Cross sectoral –
    • University, local authority, health boards etc
    • 20,000 collections on-line
  • 4.  
  • 5.
    • Additional benefits
    • Retro conversion of catalogues
    • Catalogue revision (professional archival standards)
    • Issues
    • Not comprehensive
    • Collection level only (MacA2A, Scottish Council on Archives)
    • aUK – ‘one stop shop to archives’
    • Interoperability protocols/ digitisation standards
  • 6. Digitising content
    • Drivers -
    • Growing demand/ expectation
    • Availability of funding
    • Preservation –
    • access to surrogate records
    • Two strands?
    • On-line documentation for research purposes
    • Promotional/ exhibition/ e-learning material
  • 7. Digitising content: promotion & exhibition
    • NOF Funding (Resources for Learning Scotland)
    • Treasures projects
    • Larger scale projects
    • Examples -
    • Drawn Evidence
    • East Coast Fisheries
    • Ayrshire Libraries Forum
    • Witchcraft
    • Working Lives
  • 8. Lessons learnt
    • Project management
    • Sufficient resources
    • Metadata creation
    • Delivery method
    • Material selection
    • Copyright issues
    • Sustainability
  • 9. Research on line….at a price
    • On-line documentation for research
    • High volume/ highly structured personal information
    • Scottish wills and testaments
    • Kirk session records
    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
    • Demand driven
    • Pay as you go – sustainability
    • Improves access & preservation
    • Collaboration model – encouraged at a local level
    • What about other records?
  • 11. Other priorities
    • Delivery of front line services
    • Appraisal, arrangement & description of collections
    • Preservation & conservation
    • Promotion and outreach
    • Archive provision – patchy
    • Greater advocacy/ archives legislation
    • Scottish Council on Archives
  • 12. Way forward?
    • Collaborative working (content and funding)
    • Also skills, technology, expertise and best practice
    • Appropriate infrastructure/ networks in place?
    • Museums, Libraries & Archives Council
    • Regional agencies for Museums, Libraries & Archives
    Digital Access Scotland: Archives, Libraries & Museums?
  • 13. Long term preservation & access
    • Technological obsolescence/ migration issues
    • Born digital records – linked strategies?
    • National initiatives – TNA, NAS (Digital Data Archive)
    • Cross collaborative - Digital Preservation Coalition, Microsoft
    • Local solutions?
    • Priority - Digital Access Scotland: Archives, Libraries & Museums?