Projects are an essential part of what we do. A number of our current or recent projects are listed below.
- Walter Scott Digital Archive
The Walter Scott Digital Archive is designed around Edinburgh University Library's extensive Corson Collection of Walter Scott material. It aims to be the main source of information on the life and work of Sir Walter Scott on the web.
The aim of the MIMO project is to create a single access point to digital content and information on the collections of musical instruments held in European museums. At present, there is no central resource for anyone wishing to explore these collections online, nor is there any common standard for the online presentation of musical instruments: this project seeks to address that problem. The MIMO project, will enable the digital content of eleven major musical instrument museums from across Europe to be harvested from their collection databases and made available to all through EUROPEANA. This will include: - - 45,000 images of instruments, with metadata, thus making available 40% of Europe's and 16% of the world's heritage of historic musical instruments in public possession. - 1800 digital audio files giving an impression of the instruments' sound - 300 video clips. The project will also improve multilingual access to such content through the delivery of dictionaries for controlled vocabularies for musical instruments databases. This will ensure consistency of classification for the musical instruments in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Swedish.
- HARR - Historic Alumni Research Resource
Scoping project looking at student records for creating an online resource, both for the genealogical and biographical researcher but also for more detailed analysis of the student population
- Towards Dolly: Edinburgh, Roslin and the Birth of Modern Genetics
To preserve and catalogue the archival records of the Roslin Institute, the University’s Institute of Animal Genetics and the papers of key geneticists such as C.H Waddington, F.A.E Crew and zoologist J.C Ewart.
- Carmichael Watson (phase 3)
Research and resource development project centered on the papers of the folklorist and author Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912)
- EUCHMI Education Project
Development & delivery of EUCHMI Learning & Access Programme
- SPIRIT - Unlocking Hidden Collections
Scottish Universities museums & galleries partnership project to enable OAI harvesting of 150 catalogue recrods (100 CLDs, 50 item level, 50 images) to represent our entire museums & galleries cultural holding
- The world of Reformation Britain as seen and heard in the Wode Psalter
The project will co-ordinate multi-disciplinary research on the Psalter, produce a series of musical concerts, and mount an international exhibition at the Library during the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival.
- EUCHMI Acquisitions Project (Bagpipes)
Collections development project to source, collect, document, research, interpret & display Bapipes - a Collecting Cultures initiative to enrich our musical heritage
- Modern Genetics Scoping Project
To scope the quantity, extent and research value of the genetics-related material lying outwith the 'Towards Dolly' project, including the papers of Alan Greenwood, Ian Wilmut and Geoffrey Beale, and offprints from the Institute of Animal Genetics as well as those collected by F.A.E Crew and C.H Waddington.
- Musical Instruments at Your Fingertips
Online EUCHMI Education resource
- Scottish Musical Society Archives
The records of this society were recently discovered in an office in the University. This project aims to undertake preliminary sorting, repackaging and listing of them to make them available for consultation. Work is being done by a volunteer expert (the person who found the records) under the supervision of the Deputy University Archivist.
- ProQuest microfilming project
To microfilm the rarest Scottish and English books in Special Collections, leading to the creation of preservation films and digital files for our archive and for Early English Books Online
- Finding the Moment: the Films of Eric Lucey and the Research Film Unit, Institute of Animal Genetics
Scoping project to look at this collection films and related media, identifying content and doing basic preservation repackaging. This will allow a more detailed project based on this collection to be pulled together with a view to cataloguing and digitisation.
This article was published on Nov 14, 2012