“Centre for digital expertise and online service delivery”
Based at UoE but historically substantial funding from Jisc, so our remit is really providing data services and tools for the whole UK higher and further education sectors
This is really an overview of the different kinds of work we do
Perhaps most relevant for this group would be
Content and digitisation: the creation of online collections and interfaces for accessing and working with content (map collections, Carmichael Watson –folklorist , Tobar an Dulchias – sound recording of Gaelic language
User experience, e-learning and mobile: lots of current projects in this area, including a big EU project COBWEB – citizens observatory on the web, which crowd sources environmental data, and fieldtrip GB, which lets users create data against maps, while they are out and about
Visualisation, cartography and data mining: this is a major area for us, with Digimap, which is one of our largest services (more later), and some research projects that Nicola is going to talk about in a minute.
It’s also worth noting that we do
Scoping studies and investigations: many of our services began life as projects or prototypes and we have a lot of experience in the turning ideas into functioning services.
So as well as these kinds of projects, we also offer services that provide tools for research
Digimap delivers a really wide range maps and geospatial data for research – you can view, annotate and print maps from the collections on the left side there.
We also have digimap for schools – a different interface and reduced functionality for teachers to use in the class room.
Another example is unlock, which lets you find place names across different data sets, and unlock text which lets you extract place names from text before searching for them.
Descriptive account of life in late 18th C erarly 19th C Scotland – written by ministers, so local and really rich historical source
15 years old
Began as a funded project, now embedded in the research community with an academic advisory board and regular subscriptions from universities across Scotland.
Currently part of a new redevelopment project
EDINA Supporting Digital Research
Supporting Digital Research
What EDINA does…
• Develop and manage online projects and services.
• Develop mobile apps, projects and prototypes.
• Provide development consultation and advise on the process
and costs of developing new digital collections, tools, and
• Advise on communications and social media.
Get in touch
Edina supports digital research locally within the University of
Edinburgh and within the UK more broadly: tell us how we can
• Lisa Otty: firstname.lastname@example.org @LlynO
• Nicola Osborne: email@example.com @suchprettyeyes