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.”
University of Virginia: Law Library Uncovers Hidden Legal Histories with Scottish Court of Session Digital Archive. “Thirty years after the University of Virginia School of Law acquired a trove of legal documents from Scotland’s Court of Session, the supreme legal court there, the Law School’s Arthur J. Morris Law Library is building a digital archive and reaching out to partners ‘across the pond’ to open these legal history materials to scholars and the public. When complete, the archive will provide users with access to the previously hidden histories of people living through an era of profound change.”
FutureScot: ScotLIS takes shape. “There’s a myriad of property data out there, from house price information to property title details. Wouldn’t it be useful if all that information was available in one place? That’s why, at Registers of Scotland (RoS) we’re developing ScotLIS. ScotLIS is an innovative, map-based land and information service that will facilitate easy access to a wide range of data relating to land and property in Scotland.”