I’m really pleased to have been assigned responsibility for the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online, a pioneering digitsation project that has been online for around 15 years (meaning it has been very long lived and successful!).The accounts are absolutely fascinating documents – written by the ministers of Scotland’s parishes, they provide detailed, local descriptions of life in late 18th Century and early 19th Century Scotland. This period of ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘improvement’, encompasses the agricultrual and industrial revolutions and thus witnessed radical and dramatic social change.
In this role, I’m going to be managing the redevelopment of the metadata, backend and interface of this important collection. You can follow our progress and learn more on the service blog.