Live Science: Enigmatic Stone Balls from 5,000 Years Ago Continue to Baffle Archaeologists. “Archaeologists still don’t know the original purpose or meaning of the Neolithic stone balls, which are recognized as some of the finest examples of Neolithic art found anywhere in the world. But now, they’ve created virtual 3D models of the gorgeous balls, primarily to share with the public. In addition, the models have revealed some new details, including once-hidden patterns in the carvings on the balls.”
The National: Scotland Is Now launches Portal AR app with partners Google. “The Portal AR app has users travel through portals on their phone screens to visit different destinations across Scotland – spanning from riding the North Coast 500 on a motorbike to discovering food and drink culture through the heritage of our whisky distilleries. As well as allowing users to virtually visit Scotland it also offers portals into how we live, work, invest and study throughout the country. Locals provide insight into what the country means to them by way of voiceovers while 360 degree videos and stills help users immerse themselves in Scottish culture.”
National Library of Scotland: 100 years of Scottish photography secured for the nation. “an exceptional collection of historic photographs that captures a century of life in Scotland is to be shared with the public following a special collaboration between the National Library of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland. More than 14,000 images — dating from the earliest days of photography (1840s) through to the 1940s — have been jointly acquired with support from the Scottish Government, the National Lottery and the Art Fund.” There are plans to digitize and put the collection online over the next three years.
BBC: New funding of £2.5m for next phase of Gaelic dictionary . “Funding of £2.5m has been put in place for the next phase of the development of the first comprehensive Gaelic dictionary. Faclair na Gàidhlig aims to document the history, development and use of every single word in the language.”
Historic Environment Scotland: Newly digitised images tell story of rural Scotland in 1970s. “Two extensive surveys of rural Scotland undertaken during the 1970s are now more accessible to the public after a project by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to digitise their archives. The Scottish Countryside Commission and the C-listed buildings surveys give an insight into life in Scotland during the 1970s and early 1980s. The surveyors were originally sent out to record architecture, however, the backdrop to their work is life in rural Scotland.”
STV News: National Museum of Scotland galleries made available online. “New technology will allow visitors to view the National Museum of Scotland’s collections from the comfort of their own homes. The Edinburgh museum’s galleries were captured digitally in partnership with Google for its Museum View service. Users can move through the exhibits in a similar manner to Google Street View, viewing around 20,000 objects on display.”
The National: Take a walk in Scotland’s national park – without going outside. “Panoramic footage of off-road walks through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park has been posted on Google Maps. It took staff a fortnight to traverse walkways around Balloch and beyond wearing a 20kg backpack bearing recording equipment.”