20 December, 2010: The ScotlandsPlaces team are proud to announce the re-launch of the website which includes various resources from the project's new partner, the National Library of Scotland. The focus of development work in autumn 2010 has been on the inclusion of five NLS datasets which include:
Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909,
Ordnance Survey 1st edition 6-inch mapping, 1843-1882
Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25-inch mapping, 1855-1882
Historical county maps of Scotland, 1580-1928, and,
Historical town plans, 1580-1919.
The NAS has also included new datasets which include the Clock and Watch tax listings from 1797-1798.
19 April, 2010: The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) held its annual Scottish conference in Glasgow yesterday (Wed 28th April 2010). This year a competition was held for “Most Pragmatic Enabling Idea” as well as “Most Beneficial Information Service”. ScotlandsPlaces was presented at the conference along with eight other contestants.
ScotlandsPlaces was announced the winner of the “Most Beneficial Information Service” category, coming in 1st for both the delegates votes and scores of the three judges. Ashley Beamer, ScotlandsPlaces project manager, received a cash prize on behalf of the project team.
Aside from the public benefit of access to exciting resources, the site’s wider public benefit of demonstrating the use and strength of web services was presented to the delegates. It was also noted that the ScotlandsPlaces project is an example of a potential INSPIRE based Spatial Data Infrastructure for Scotland.
16 April, 2010: In mid-April the website was re-released to the public, providing access to new developments including the ability to filter results by keyword and to plot results within the site. Please note that this plotting prototype continues to be in development for certain web browsers (such as Internet Explorer) that demonstrate slowness in rendering the results layers.
The ScotlandsPlaces website continues to be under development and site visitors are welcome to submit feedback and make suggestions for future improvements and additional resources. Feedback forms can be found in the menu of the website.
25 October, 2009: The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and the National Records of Scotland are proud to launch www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk as part of Homecoming Scotland 2009.
The website was officially launched by Culture Minister Michael Russell MSP on 23 October 2009 at the Scotland's Global Impact conference at Eden Court in Inverness. RCAHMS Head of Education and Outreach, Rebecca Bailey said, "As an educational resource it will add immense scope to local history projects or research into Scotland's past. It will also have great appeal for those people trying to unlock their own histories or the stories of their communities." Keeper of the Records of Scotland, George Mackenzie added, "We're delighted to be launching this website in Homecoming year because it will be of interest to Scots abroad as well as at home."