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.”
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.