SUNCAT’s newest Contributing Library – The British Museum

We are pleased to announce that just under 5,200 serials of records of the British Museum have just been loaded into SUNCAT. The British Museum is SUNCAT’s seventh new Contributing Library of this year. This brings the total number of libraries in SUNCAT to 99, plus the CONSER database, ISSN register and Directory of Open Access Journals. Who will be the hundredth?

The British Museum, which is located on Great Russell Street in Central London, was founded in 1753 and was the first national public museum in the world. The founding collections largely consisted of books, manuscripts and natural specimens with some antiquities (including coins and medals, prints and drawings) and ethnographic material. In 1757 King George II donated the ‘Old Royal Library’ of the sovereigns of England and with it the privilege of copyright receipt.

In the early part of the nineteenth century there were a number of high profile acquisitions. These included the Rosetta Stone (1802), the Townley collection of classical sculpture (1805), and the Parthenon sculptures (1816).
In 1823 the gift to the nation by George IV of his father’s library (the King’s Library) prompted the construction of today’s quadrangular building designed by Sir Robert Smirke (1780–1867).  In 1997 the books of the King’s Library were transferred to their new home in the King’s Library Tower in the new British Library building at St Pancras, London. The books currently occupying the cases in the King’s Library are on long term loan from the House of Commons library. The King’s Library, now known as the Enlightenment Gallery, was restored between 2000 -2003.

Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826–97) expanded the collection in new directions, collecting not only British and medieval antiquities but also prehistoric, ethnographic and archaeological material from Europe and beyond as well as oriental art and objects.

During the beginning of the twenty-first century, the Museum has continued to expand its public facilities with the opening of four new permanent galleries in 2008/9.

The British Museum has a number of departmental libraries, including those of:

  • Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan;
  • Anthropology Library and Research Centre;
  • Department of Asia, Pacific and Africa;
  • Department of Coins and Medals;
  • Department of Conservation and Scientific Research;
  • Department of Greece and Rome;
  • Department of the Middle East.

The Anthropology Library is renowned for its extensive journal collection: over 1,500 periodical titles are currently subscribed to with approximately 4,000 titles held in total.

The Library of the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan has a particularly strong collection of older material (including journals going back to the nineteenth century), museum and exhibition catalogues (around 1,800 items), auction catalogues, and the Nubia and Sudan section. Special collections include the Rare Book Collection, Pamphlet Collection and the Roxie Walker Collection (books on Physical Anthropology). The library also houses over 200 runs of journals, of which 110 are current.

For further information and news about SUNCAT please see our website, follow SUNCAT on Twitter (@suncatteam), or contact the EDINA helpdesk at

SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • CONSER (18 Sep 14)
  • Cranfield University (20 Sep 14)
  • Hull University (09 Sep 14)
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (11 Sep 14)
  • School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London (16 Sep 14)
  • Southampton University (21 Sep 14)
  • Tate Library (Tate Britain) (11 Sep 14)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

RDM Surgery!

Do you have a query about storing, sharing or preserving your research data? Do you need assistance with a Data Management Plan?

RDM Service staff will be in the Pop-up library space on the first floor of the Main Library on Monday 29 September (2pm-4pm) to answer any questions you may have about our services including:

For further information please also visit:

So please pop by and pay us a visit and let us answer your Research Data Management queries.

Stuart Macdonald
RDM Service Coordinator


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Ordnance Survey Maps Updated: September 2014

Even though we update our mapping data throughout the year we still make a large number of changes over the summer.

Along with the general updates to MasterMap and a few other products the biggest change over the summer has been to swap the 1:10 000 Scale Raster maps to VectorMap Local Raster maps in Digimap Roam. Ordnance Survey have retired the 1:10 000 data, so we have removed it from the online maps, though you do still have a couple of options if you are a fan of the product:

  1. You can view the VectorMap Local data styled to look like the 1:10 000 maps at two zoom levels in Roam; remember that on the Map Content tab you can remove the contours for a very close representation of the mapping.
  2. We still make the 1:10 000 data available in Digimap’s Data Download interface, and will continue to do so for at least this academic year.

The table below details all of the latest changes we have made showing the currency dates of all Ordnance Survey datasets in Digimap.

Digimap Roam

Ordnance Survey product Data Currency Last updated in Roam
OS MasterMap® Topography Layer May 2014 July 2014
OS VectorMap® Local July 2014 September 2014
OS VectorMap® Local Raster July 2014 September 2014
1:25 000 Scale Colour Raster March 2014 March 2014
1:50 000 Scale Colour Raster June 2014 July 2014
Meridianâ„¢ 2 January 2014 March 2014
OS Terrainâ„¢ 50 July 2013 October 2013
OS VectorMap® District Raster September 2014 September 2014
Strategi® January 2014 March 2014
1:250 000 Scale Colour Raster June 2014 September 2014
MiniScale® January 2014 February 2014

Data Download

Ordnance Survey product Data Currency Last updated in Data Download
OS MasterMap® Integrated
Transport Networkâ„¢ (ITN) Layer
May 2014 September 2014
OS MasterMap® Topography Layer May 2013 September 2014
OS MasterMap® Topography Layer Raster June 2013 October 2013
Backdrop Mapping
* 1:10 000 Scale Raster June 2013 October 2013
OS Street View® April 2014 April 2014
1:25 000 Scale Colour Raster March 2014 March 2014
OS VectorMap® Local Raster July 2014 September 2014
OS VectorMap® District Raster September 2014 September 2014
1:50 000 Scale Colour Raster June 2014 July 2014
1:250 000 Scale Colour Raster June 2014 June 2014
MiniScale® January 2014 January 2014
Land and Height Data
* Land-Form PROFILE® November 2009 September 2011
* Land-Form PROFILE® DTM November 2009 September 2011
OS Terrainâ„¢ 50 July 2014 September 2014
OS Terrainâ„¢ 50 DTM July 2014 September 2014
* Land-Form PANORAMA® November 1993 September 2011
* Land-Form PANORAMA ® DTM June 2006 September 2011
Vector Data
OS VectorMap® Local July 2014 September 2014
OS VectorMap® District September 2014 September 2014
Meridianâ„¢ 2 January 2014 February 2014
Strategi® January 2014 February 2014
Boundary and Location Data
Boundary-Lineâ„¢ May 2014 May 2014
Code-Point® August 2014 September 2014
Code-Point® Open August 2014 September 2014
Code-Point® with polygons April 2014 July 2014
OS Locatorâ„¢ May 2014 May 2014
1:50 000 Scale Gazetteer June 2014 June 2014

* Land-Form PANORAMA®, PROFILE® and 1:10 000 Scale Raster products have been withdrawn by Ordnance Survey and are no longer updated.

Other Updates

Remember there have also been substantial changes made to the Geology and Marine data holdings in recent months:

Please also note that there are a lot more formats available than before so you may not have to convert the data after you have downloaded it:

It is now easier to see which formats are available for the data product you are downloading and change it if you need to, this blog post shows you how:

Please let us know if you have any questions about the new data or any other changes and additions to the Digimap service

  • Email:
  • Phone: 0131 650 3302



Digimap Download Basket Updates

We have updated all the new style Download interfaces in Digimap to make it easier to change the options for the data you have selected. When you have added some data to your basket you can now see more clearly what can be changed; the version (date and style), the format and the layers.

New Download Basket

Where these options are highlighted in blue with a â–¼ next to them you can click them and get a drop down menu with the alternatives.

New Download basket with open menu

Make the changes you need, add a name,  then click on the Request Download button to order your data.


We have also made a slight change to the Product Information pages for some of the data products too.  Where the data is available on tiles you can now click a Show Grid button to see the tile outlines on the map.  When you make a selection on the map you will get all the grid tiles that are partially or entirely within your orange selection area.

How to View a Grid in Data Download

This feature is particularly useful for data products like the 1:10,000 and 1:25,000 scale geology data and the Marine HydroView Charts, where the data isn’t a continuous coverage and your selected area may contain no tiles. When you click the Show Grid button it will also automatically open the menu from the right of the map which allows you to change the grid shown or switch it off.

Remember, you open the Product Information panels by clicking on the blue Info links in the list of data products to the left of the map.

Please let us know if you have any questions about these changes or anything else:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 0131 650 3302


Why attending commercial events?

I have already written a review of GeoBusiness 2014.  But I thought it was worth writing something about the nature of the event and the interaction between different sectors.

What is GeoBusiness and why was it different?

GeoBusiness is a new event.  As the name suggests, its focus is very much on businesses.  The event had 3 sides to it:

  1. Exhibition –  hardware, software and solutions from the UK sector
  2. Exhibitor workshops – exhibitors ha the chance to run workshop sessions to showcase their products
  3. Formal conference – talks by GI practitioners covering best practices and discussing the next big things in the GI sector

Why was this significant?  Well it gave attendees 3 options and allowed them to mix and match.  Not everyone is interested in listening to formal presentations, while others most certainly are.  This is, in my opinion, the key to attracting GI users from different sectors.  Once you have them all in the same place, interaction will happen. Especially if you timetable in plenty of mingling time.   At Geobusiness we saw companies that were selling the hardware to collect data, data collectors and data consumers all mixing and exchanging experiences and knowledge.

It also brought users from right across the sector together in one place.  Those that design the kit to collect data, the data collectors and the data consumers were all well represented and they had a heavily discounted rate for students.

Why should students attend these event?

For any student with GIS skills this event really was a golden opportunity to scout out potential employers.  OK, you can do some of this on the net, but rocking up to a stand and having a chat with people from the company can give you a much better insight into the organisation.  I am not talking about simply asking them if they have any jobs available, a better approach may be to ask them about recent projects or the tech that they use.  You should then be able to enquire about graduate programs or mention things from your course that are related to what they do.  This is networking.  Some people are really good at it, others just don’t feel comfortable.  The key to it is making sure that the person you are networking does most of the talking.  This takes the pressure off you and usually makes them feel like the chat went well.

Following up 

I am not sure i would recommend giving out CVs at an event.  Most people come away with a heap of paper which rarely gets looked at again Your CV may well get lost.  A better approach might be to take a business card from the person you have chatted to and send them a brief email a few days later (not that evening, their inbox will be stuffed with missed emails that have accumulated while they have been out the office).  Remind them who you are and that you think that the company sounds like one you would want to work for and ask their advice on how to apply.  It is worth checking the current vacancies page first for information about graduate jobs and current vacancies.

If you don’t have a named contact, then get a CV and covering letter together that match your skills to the companies work and send them off.  I would mention in the covering letter that you visited the company’s stand at a recent event.


Attending events can seem like a jolly, and i suppose they can be. But they are important events that bring lots of like-minded professionals together in the same place.  For an graduate, or an early career professional, such events are a gold mine of potential contact and even future employers. However, you get out what you put it. Be prepared and do your homework.

SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Brunel University (01 Sep 14)
  • Cardiff University (29 Aug 14)
  • CONSER (10 Sep 14)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (12 Sep 14)
  • Exeter University (05 Sep 14)
  • Glasgow University (04 Sep 14)
  • The London Library (04 Sep 14)
  • Royal College of Nursing (02 Sep 14)
  • Royal Society (08 Sep 14)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (05 Sep 14)
  • Southampton University (14 Sep 14)
  • St Andrews University (5th Sep 14)
  • Swansea University (15 Sep 14)
  • University College London (08 Sep 14)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

Follow Up to Repository Fringe 2014

It has now been about a month since Repository Fringe 2014 and we wanted to bring you a somewhat belated follow up post to share presentations and other resources with you. Firstly though a huge thank you to all who joined us at the end of July for two days of all things repository. It was brilliant to have our biggest ever turn out this year! We had a great time and we hope you did too!

Image of Round Table Discussions at RepoFringe 2014

Round Table Discussions at RepoFringe 2014


Throughout the event we endeavored to blog as many sessions as possible. You can find these in our LiveBlog Day One and LiveBlog Day Two. You can also find links to specific sessions within the Programme page – where you will also find links to most of the Slides and, where available, Owen Stephen’s blog posts on the event (thanks Owen!).

Image of Participants talking at Repository Fringe 2014

Participants talk at Repository Fringe 2014

During RepoFringe 2014 we were also out and about taking pictures. You can find all of these – and add your own if you would like – in our Flickr Group. If you are/have written a post or article on your own travels to Repository fringe you are more than welcome to use any of the images uploaded by our RepoFringe account as they are all shared under Creative Commons licenses.

Your Blogs and Tweets

You were brilliant throughout Repository Fringe 2014 contributing to the event, tweeting magnificently and, in some cases, also blogging your own experiences. You can view all of the key tweets and updates in the Storify we have created, tracking discussion and articles about the event. You can also see Adam Field‘s excellent tag cloud by clicking on the image below.

Adam Field / @Godbfrey tweets his World of the #rfringe14 tweets

Stephanie Taylor, ULCC, wrote about her trip to Repository Fringe, and highlighted her colleague Rory McNicholl’s participation in the winning Developer Challenge entry from the Repository Linter Team in this blog post on the ULCC Digital Archives Blog.

The full team for Repository Linter was Richard Wincewicz, Paul Mucur and Rory McNicholl and you can access their code here on GitHub. They did a great job but did have stiff competition in the Challenge from Are We There Yetttt?, a team composed of Miggie Picton, Marta Riberiro and Adam Field. Our Developer Challenge was sponsored by the lovely people at the Software Sustainability Institute who are running their AGM and Hackday in London this week. For more details on what they do and upcoming events take a look at the SSI website.

Image of The Developer Challenge Teams at RepoFringe 2014

The Developer Challenge Teams at RepoFringe 2014

Sarah Fahmy at the Jisc Open Access Good Practice project blogged about the team’s time at RepoFringe on their project blog. Meanwhile David Young at the Jisc-ARMA OA Good Practice Pathfinder Project wrote about his own, and his colleague Ellen Cole’s adventures at the event on the project blog and on the Northumbria Research Support blog.

Clair Waller blogged about Repository Fringe 2014 – sharing a “Part 3″ post on the Jisc End-to-End Open Access Process Review and Improvements project blog, to compliment our Live Blog posts. And Jackie Proven, from the Open Access support team at St Andrews, blogged about her team’s experience at the Fringe in “Open Access at the Fringe“.

Other Useful Resources

A number of useful URLs were circulated on Twitter around the event.We’ve captured a few of our favourites, and added additional access to our Twitter archives for Repository Fringe 2014.

Thank You!

We’ve have tried to collect up all of the relevant blog posts, slides and resources for this post but if we’d missed yours out just let us know and we’ll be happy to update this post! We would also be happy to share your own reflections or follow up posts to this year’s event, just get in touch to let us know.

Huge thanks again to all who came along to Repository Fringe 2014, and to all of you who completed our feedback survey which we will use to help us shape future events. If you have any other feedback do leave a comment here on the blog or drop us an email, we’d love to hear your comments and ideas!

Image of Repository Fringe participants networking

Lovely Repository Fringe participants networking at coffee on Day One

SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Bristol University (04 Sep 14)
  • London Business School (02 Sep 14)
  • NERC: Natural Environment Research Council (01 Sep 14)
  • Nottingham University (02 Sep 14)
  • Robert Gordon University (01 Sep 14)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.

Sign up for the new COBWEB Newsletter!

Image of the first COBWEB newsletter released July 2014

Earlier this summer we were delighted to release our first COBWEB: Citizen Observatory Web newsletter. Our first issue included updates on the COBWEB's recent work with schools, an update on our new co-design projects with community groups around the Dyfi Biosphere, as well as the latest updates and events attended by the team. 

You can view the newsletter online or you can subscribe to receive future COBWEB newsletters by email.

We are very happy for anyone to sign up for our newsletter - whether based in one of the UNESCO Biospheres in Wales, Greece of Germany or not. We would also welcome your feedback on this first newsletter - what would you like to see more of (or less of)? Are their particular aspects of the project you would like to see highlighted in the newsletter or hear on the website? Do let us know by emailing us:



Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:30
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