Digimap dataset updates: December 2016

The tables below list the datasets that were updated in December 2016 and at the very start of January 2017. The most significant change is the addition of OS Open Map – Local to Roam, which was covered in an earlier blog post. The other updates bring the data available up to date with the most […]

OS Open Map – Local added to Roam

OS Open Map – Local (OML) was recently added to the Digimap Roam application, giving users the ability to create maps online with a detailed, vector open dataset. OML is the most detailed vector mapping product available from Ordnance Survey as Open Data. We have added this dataset to the following map views in Digimap […]

IARLA endorses Working together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

We’re very pleased to announce that the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) has endorsed Working together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

IARLA is a coalition of five of the world’s prominent academic and research library organisations: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Canadian Association of Research Libraries/ Association des Bibliothèques de Recherche du Canada (CARL/ABRC), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche/Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), and Research LibrariesUK (RLUK). The alliance formed in 2016 to collaboratively address the most pressing issues of scholarly research information management in the digital, networked age.

If you or your organisation wishes to endorse this statement please write to edina@ed.ac.uk.

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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.

  • Bath University (01 Dec 16)
  • Bristol University (06 Dec 16)
  • British Library (15 Dec 16)
  • Cambridge University (07 Dec 16)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (14 Dec 16)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (01 Dec 16)
  • Edinburgh University (01 Dec 16)
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (06 Dec 16)
  • National Library of Scotland (14 Dec 16)
  • NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) (02 Dec 16)
  • Queen’s University, Belfast (03 Dec 16)
  • Royal College of Nursing (01 Dec 16)
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) (05 Dec 16)
  • Trinity College Dublin (02 Dec 16)

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


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.

  • Aberystwyth University (01 Dec 16)
  • British Library (08 Dec 16)
  • Brunel University London (01 Dec 16)
  • Lancaster University (11 Nov 16)
  • Nottingham University (01 Dec 16)
  • Strathclyde University (01 Dec 16)
  • Swansea University (01 Dec 16)

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


Wishing you a wonderful festive season

The SUNCAT team would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you to all who have contributed and used SUNCAT throughout 2016 and helped make this year our biggest and best yet. Here are some weird and wonderful Christmas-themed titles to enjoy and, following the weird and wonderful tradition, we hope you enjoy this Christmas bento image. Click through to get the recipe!

Photograph of Jiji Christmas Bento

Jiji Christmas Bento. By Mokiko, taken 21 December 2013. Available via Creative Commons license 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

  • Turkey–today & tomorrow / National Turkey Federation.
  • Gobbles.
  • The feathered world: and poultry farmer.
  • A pocketful of meat facts.
  • Poultry meat: broiler and turkey edition.
  • Cranberries; the national cranberry magazine.
  • Marketing Cape Cod cranberries.
  • Marketing California brussels sprouts.
  • Recommended varieties of brussels sprouts for single harvest and descriptive list for picking over.
  • Gandy Goose.
  • Donald Parsnips daily journal 1995 – 1999.
  • The Almanac of dried fruit and nuts.
  • Kent’s Christmas yule log.
  • The Biscuits & gravy quarterly.
  • Salmon trout steelheader.
  • Hot chestnuts.
  • Deluxe Rubber Chicken.
  • Chicken outfit.
  • National chicken cooking contest recipes.

We look forward to bringing you an even bigger and better SUNCAT in 2017!


The Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online – My statacc

This is the second in a series of blog posts about some of the functionality you may have come across (or may not have yet discovered!) in the new Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online. Here we concentrate on the new My statacc feature.

We have now introduced functionality to enable more personalisation when using the service. If you are a subscriber you can now save, annotate and tag  individual pages, whole sections, illustrations and maps. You can use the star button to save. The label icon allows you tag items with one or two words of your choice, so that you can find them easily when you next visit  (just type your words into the box), and the post-it note to write longer annotations which are stored alongside the item.  If you are planning to coming back to a particular page, image or section, you can store information about why it is interesting, how it relates to your research or how you might want to use it.

These new features are designed to allow you to easily find and review content of particular interest to you. Tags and annotations are stored against your profile, and will remain there until you delete them. Just sign in and click on the My statacc red button on the top right of the page to find everything you have saved.

A screen-shot of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland showing personalistion features and the transcript functionality.

A page of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland showing personalisation features and the transcript. Screen-shot captured on Thursday 1st December 2016.

You can tag, annotate and save both sections and individual pages. Individual pages can be printed out and whole sections of the Statistical Accounts can now be downloaded as PDFs. You can even share what you have found on social media by clicking on the sharing icon and follow the links. Using these features is so easy – just click on the relevant icon and away you go!

We are particularly pleased to be able to offer such personalisation, which will help you to get the most out of your searching and browsing of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online. Please let us know what you think.

More information on all the features mentioned above, as well as others, can be found in the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Help Pages and the How to get the most out of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland online page. If you have any comments or queries please contact the EDINA Help Desk (edina@ed.ac.uk).

 

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The Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online – Images and Words

This is the second in a series of blog posts about some of the functionality you may have come across (or may not have yet discovered!) in the new Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online. Here we concentrate on the images and maps, as well as the transcripts found on the website.

Images and maps

The new service contains a number of illustrations and maps published with the original accounts. Your search may result in a box containing the thumbnail views of related images or maps. As a subscriber you would be able click on these to view them (in a gallery view) in a much higher resolution than before. You are also able to zoom in and out, which is fantastic to be able to do! All other relevant images are on the left-hand side of the gallery view, making it easy to scroll and browse related illustrations and maps.

There are a number of interactive maps available in the service, which we are able to feature courtesy of the National Library of Scotland. One example is the map of Scotland on the homepage, where you can click on the map to open out a larger version, and as the mouse cursor moves over the map you will see the names of counties highlighted. There are also interactive maps available on the county pages, showing each of the parishes clearly within the county and allowing you to click through to more information on the parish.

A screen-shot of an interactive map for the southern part of Northern Part of Ross and Cromarty Shires, taken from the Statistical Accounts of Scotland.

The interactive map for the southern part of Northern Part of Ross and Cromarty Shires. Screen-shot taken from the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online on Thursday 1st December 2016.

Transcriptions

Another greatly improved feature is that of the transcripts, which are available for most pages in the Statistical Accounts. The reading quality of the transcription has been improved through rendering the text in html, making it an even more useful to aid understanding when reading the Statistical Accounts.

We hope that these new features mean you get even more out of the wonderful wealth of information found in the Statistical Accounts of Scotland. More information on all the features mentioned above, as well as others, can be found in the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Help Pages and the How to get the most out of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland online page. If you have any comments or queries please contact the EDINA Help Desk (edina@ed.ac.uk).

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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 (Not UK Holdings) (07 Dec 16)
  • Dundee University (01 Dec 16)
  • Kent University (01 Dec 16)
  • King’s College London (01 Dec 16)
  • Kingston University (01 Dec 16)
  • Imperial College London (01 Dec 16)
  • London Library (02 Dec 16)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (01 Dec 16)
  • Manchester University (01 Dec 16)
  • National Archives (01 Dec 16)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Dec 16)
  • Open University (01 Dec 16)
  • Sheffield University (01 Dec 16)
  • Sussex University (01 Dec 16)
  • York University (01 Dec 16)
  • Zoological Society of London (01 Dec 16)

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


DataShare upgraded to v2.3 – The embargo enhancement release

The latest upgrade of Edinburgh DataShare, from version 2.2 to 2.3, brings in several useability improvements.

  • Embargo expiry reminder
    If you want to deposit your data in DataShare, but you want to impose a delay before your files become freely downloadable, you can apply an embargo to your submission – see our “Checklist for deposit” for a fuller explanation of the embargo feature. As of DataShare v2.3, if you apply an embargo to your deposit, DataShare will now send you an email reminder one week before the embargo is due to expire. This gives you time to make us aware if you need the embargo to be extended, or to send us the details of your paper if it has been published, so that we can add those to the metadata, to help users understand your data.
  • DOI added to the citation field immediately
    When your DataShare deposit is approved by the curator, the system mints a new DOI for you. As of version 2.3, DataShare now immediately appends the URL containing that DOI into the “Citation� field, which is visible at the top of the summary view page of your item. The “Citation� field makes it easy for others to cite your data, because it provides them with text which they can copy and paste into any manuscript (or any other document where they want to cite the data). Previously you would have had to click on “Show full item record� to look for the DOI in the “Persistent identifier� field, or wait for an overnight script to paste the DOI onto the end of the “Citation� field.
  • Tombstone records
    We now have the ability to leave a ‘tombstone’ record in place for any DataShare item that is withdrawn. We only withdraw items in exceptional circumstances – for example where there is a substantive error or omission in the data, such that we feel merely labelling the item as “Superseded� is not sufficient. Now, when we tombstone an item, the files become unavailable indefinitely, but the metadata remain visible at the DOI and handle URLs. Whereas until now, every withdrawn item has become completely invisible, so that the original DOI and handle URLs produced a ‘not found’ error.
Screenshot of a DataShare item's citation field with the DOI

Cortical parcellation citation – now with DOI!

Enjoy!

Pauline Ward

Research Data Service

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