Presentation on theme: "An introduction to the work of the Scottish Archive Network Internet access to the written history of Scotland."— Presentation transcript:
An introduction to the work of the Scottish Archive Network Internet access to the written history of Scotland
What is it? A £4,000,000 project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund Genealogical Society of Utah National Archives of Scotland The project was begun in August 1999 and will be completed in December 2003.
Why do we need it? Many archive researchers don’t know what information is available and where Researchers must visit record offices in person and during office hours to consult catalogues Paper archive catalogues can be difficult to search because of their complexity and size
The SCAN Project has 3 parts: 1. To put the collection level catalogues of all 52 participating archives on-line 2. To create an index of over 520,000 Scottish wills and testaments 1500-1901 linked to digital images of 3 million pages of wills 3. To create a web-site containing a range of additional on-line services for users
Part 1 – Online Catalogues ‘Collection level’ catalogues available for all the holdings of participating archives: i.e. summary descriptions of archive collections Collection level data compiled according to international standards of archival description (crucial for successful exchange of data across the globe) This data is available on-line, allowing a simultaneous search across all holdings of participating archives The Online Catalogues are launched on 23 October 2003. http://www.scan.org.uk
Part 2 – Wills & Testaments Free access for users to electronic index up to 1901 via the Internet Search results produced almost instantaneously Researchers can purchase high quality colour digital images of testaments online Instant provision of electronic or paper copies from digital image Digitised copies can be manipulated on-screen to improve their legibility Research tools The original volumes will be conserved and placed in permanent storage http://www.scottishdocuments.com
Part 3 – Online Resources Main elements:- Knowledge Base Virtual Vault Scots Currency Converter Scottish Handwriting Glossary Bookshop Exhibitions Directory Discussion Forum
Part 3 –Online Resources SCAN provides a central point of reference for information about Scottish archives SCAN allows Scottish archives to communicate with each other SCAN allows partner archives to take advantage of the promotional opportunities afforded by the Web
What it means for researchers Access the Scottish Archive Network facilities in your local archive or at home, or from anywhere in the world Search contents of participating archives Look up index of wills covering whole country Buy a digital copy of a will via the Internet Have your enquiries answered by the Knowledge Base Help with reading and understanding documents View exhibitions and documents online.
The Scottish Archive Network On-line access to the holdings of 52 Scottish archives http://www.scan.org.uk