Jul 022010

The AddressingHistory team may have been a little quiet lately but we’ve been very busy…

January 2010 Issue of Cairt

January 2010 Issue of Cairt

Joe, our software engineer, has been creating a fantastic beta/test version of the AddressingHistory tool (and as promised in our last post he’ll be writing us a guest blog post on how that has been going).

Stuart has been working with Chris Fleet, at project partner the National Library of Scotland, to create an article on AddressingHistory for Cairt, the Scottish Mapping Forum magazine, which should be out later this month. We will link to the digital copy as soon as it is available. Stuart has also written a piece on the project for the next issue of ALISS Quarterly (due out in August).

Nicola has also been out and about talking about the project. In mid June she gave a presentation to the JISC Regional Support Centres Scotland Web 2.0 Forum for Academic Librarians. The title, “AddressingHistory: Using Social Media to Frame an EDINA Crowd-Sourcing Project“, reflected that the talk looked at how we are using social media – tools including this blog, twitter and facebook – to help build awareness of the project.


Also presenting at this event was Gillian Hanlon of Ask Scotland. They are a real time service for asking librarians in Scotland questions about libraries, research, Scottish heritage questions… almost anything in fact (at the event we Gillian demonstrated the system live by asking a question about Cranachan and the history of this delicious Scottish desert). If you’re interested in giving it a try then take a look at the Ask Scotland website.

Nicola also attended a workshop run by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement in London in mid-June and was excited to hear about a new Micheal Wood TV series for the BBC called “English Story” that will look at the history of a single village, Kibworth in Leicestershire, from it’s earliest origins through to the present day.

Kibworth Church by RATAEDL
Kibworth Church by RATAEDL

The programme makers (MayaVision) are still completing filming and post production so it may be some time before it hits TV screens but the initial glimpses looked fascinating and the wealth of local history knowledge and enthusiasm that the programme makers had found was inspiring. Given how many fascinating events had taken place in this one small village it is also fantastically exciting to think about what we may be able to find out about Edinburgh’s past when the AddressingHistory tool is launched.

How Do You Get Involved With AddressingHistory?

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Jun 112010

Over the last few weeks we’ve been really delighted to see that lots of you have been reading the blog, following us on Twitter and feeding back your comments and enthusiasm for the project. We really appreciate the support and we thought that we could probably make a few additions to the website to make it more useful for you  particularly while we are still developing  the AddressingHistory tool.

So, we have added a new How Do I Get Involved?” page where you will find a brief guide to what you can do to get involved in the project us and what you will be able to do with the tool when it is launched on the website. We hope you find this a useful addition and would welcome suggestions for any other information or resources you’d like to see here on the AddressingHistory website – or topics you’d like to see us blogging about.

A Quick Project Update

Development of the AddressingHistory tool is progressing well with our software engineer Joe hard at work extracting data from the digitised directories and trying to find the most successful ways to display and filter names, addresses and listings. We hope we’ll be able to bring you a guest post from Joe along with some screen shots of our very early test version some time soon so watch this space.

Recent Presentations About the Project: IASSIST2010 and OKScotland

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Jun 012010

Stuart Macdonald, the Addressing History Project Manager, will be presenting a poster giving an overview of the AddressingHistory project at IASSIST 2010, which runs from 1st -4th June  at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA. IASSIST is the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology and the theme of this year’s event is “Social Data and Social Networking: Connecting Social Science Communities across the Globe”.

If you are attending the event you can find details of the abstract on the IASSIST website. Anyone can access Stuart’s Addressing History IASSIST 2010 Poster here.

Stuart also recently gave a related overview presentation at the inaugural Open Knowledge Scotland event, the Open Knowledge Scotland presentation on AddressingHistory can be downloaded here.

Welcome to the AddressingHistory Blog

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Apr 012010

Welcome to the AddressingHistory blog!

We will be using this space to let you know about ongoing developments around the AddressingHistory project as we work, over the next few months, to build on online tool for letting you explore and georeference historical post office directory information from Edinburgh. This is information like the names associated with a particular address, directories of professions, and adverts for businesses.

You can find out more about the project on our About page and we would welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback on the project and updates to the blog. You can also become our fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

If you would like to know more about the project or have suggestions for the project team please drop us an email to: addressing.history@ed.ac.uk