If you would like to get involved with the AddressingHistory project there are several things that you can do:
Spread the Word
We are keen to let anyone interested in Scottish local history – and particularly Edinburgh local history – know about this project so that we can gather feedback on the tool as soon as it is launched. We are announcing project updates and presentations via the blog, Twitter and Facebook so if you know anyone who you think might be interested in the project do post a link or point them in the direction of one of these sites.
You can also download and print the AddressingHistory A5 printable flier (click to download the PDF). You could also print the first page as a poster and put it up in your local library or community space. If you do print fliers or posters to share then we would love it if you took a picture for us so that we can feature your hard work on our blog!
If you are involved in a local history newsletter, blog, podcast or similar we’d also be delighted to get a mention in your publication or on your website. You could add one of our new AddressingHistory Supporter Badges to your website. You can use our images of the Post Office Directories to help illustrate articles and we can also provide further information on the project.
You could also help us spread the word by contributing to our blog: we are always looking for guest blog posts on Scottish history, local history, geneology and/or your experiences and reflections on the Post Officer Directories.
If you would like to get in touch about any of the above please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Share Your Thoughts
We are always looking for specific feedback on AddressingHistory – such as whether you find it easy to use, what you like or don’t like about the tool or interface, what additional features you’d like to see added. We’d also like to hear gather comments on how we can tailor the tool for your own requirements be it for local history, genealogy or social research.
We are also looking at various ways in which to make AddressingHistory sustainable in the long term so if you have any recommendations or models that may help to make AddressingHistory work as a free tool meeting it’s own funding costs, or perhaps both as a free tool and a premium service, then we would like to hear them.
Parse a POD!
If you are interested in seeing a particular new POD added to AddressingHistory – such as using AddressingHistory as part of a particular funded project or initiative then please get in contact.
If you would like to see a particular Post Office Directory added to AddressingHistory and have the skills to do so you can use the code we have written to convert a POD into an AddressingHistory-friendly format. You will find the code on GitHub or on the Python website. If you do use, adapt or develop our code we’d love to hear about it – and to see if we can add additional PODs you have passed into the AddressingHistory web tool.
More information on how to get in touch can be found on the Contact Us page.
Address Some History!
Now that the AddressingHistory tool is live you can enhance the information we have already extracted from the digitised Post Office Directories. You can find historic addresses and place them on the map so that we can build up a rich database of historic addresses that can be viewed and compared. There will be more information on exactly how to do this shortly… Watch this space.
- Stuart, Nicola, & Joe (The AddressingHistory Team)