The National (Scotland): Scotland’s canal network taken worldwide through Google Street View. “Scottish Canals’ staff have trodden almost 140 miles of towpaths capturing some of Scotland’s most spectacular locations, from the myths and majesty of Neptune’s Staircase on the Caledonian Canal to the west coast wonders of the Crinan Canal, using the tech giant’s Trekker – a 4ft, 40lbs backpack fitted with a 15-angle lens camera designed to take 360 pictures every 2.5 seconds.”
Public Technology: Ordnance Survey releases database of every green space in England, Scotland, and Wales. “Ordnance Survey (OS) has created a database and a digital map of every green space and outdoor recreation facility in England, Scotland, and Wales. The organisation has created ‘comprehensive map of Great Britain’s green spaces’ which can be accessed via its OS Maps app and online service. “
ScotlandsPeople: Release of Presbyterian Church Records. “From 26 June 2017, more than 36,000 new presbyterian church records, covering the period 1744 to 1855 have been added to ScotlandsPeople’. The 20,255 births and baptisms (1744-1855), 10,368 marriages and proclamations (1729-1855) and 5,422 death and burial records (1783-1855) may be especially helpful for anyone searching for a person born or baptised, married or died before the introduction of statutory registration in 1855.”
FindMyPast is having a free access weekend for British and Irish records.
BT: Every ancient hill fort in UK and Ireland mapped in online database. “Locations and details of all the thousands of ancient hill forts found across the landscapes of the UK and Ireland have been mapped in an online database for the first time. A team of researchers, with the help of citizen scientists, has spent five years sifting and recording information on all the hill forts across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man.”
NurseryWorld: Scottish Book Trust unveils new Song and Rhyme Library. “Housed on the Bookbug website, the new Song and Rhyme Library provides a searchable online catalogue of fun demonstration videos for parents, carers and early years practitioners in Scotland.” There’s not a lot here yet but songs in Gaelic and Scots are available as well as English.
The Scotsman: Body snatchers among St Andrews University’s former students. “It has proud links to leaders in medicine, politics and the arts, but now St Andrews University has revealed a darker breed of student, with body snatchers and thieves among those found on its rolls. A new database launched by the university tracks the students who attended the institution between 1747 and 1897 and gives a fascinating insight into the triumphs – and disgraces – of its alumni.”