Monday, January 25, 2016

25th January 2016, marks the twentieth anniverary of the launch of EDINA as a national data centre in 1996.

We are celebrating with an open-house event in our new offices today. Invited guests from the University of Edinburgh and elsewhere will mingle with existing and former EDINA staff and hear about interesting past, present and future projects while enjoy a food and drink with us.

There will be various activities and points of interest spread throughout the offices, which will include:

  • A small screen adventure in our Mediahub screening room - find out about our forthcoming attractions!
  • Explore our Tobar and Dualchais room, immerse yourself in the “Celtic Twilight” and enjoy some traditional music.
  • Discover the history and geology of any location in Great Britain, what training in maps and geospatial software is available at the University of Edinburgh, and how we are using geolocation and mobile technologies to assist in a whole range of activities at the university and beyond.

We encourage you to tweet photos of the day using #EDINA20. Others unable to join us in Edinburgh are welcome to post messages using that hashtag or directly to us at edina [at] ed.ac.uk

We will summarise the event via the EDINA blogs in due course.


Edinburgh University Data Library has been in operation since 1983 and, to this day, assists users at the University of Edinburgh in the discovery, access, use and management of research datasets.

In 1995 it was designated a national data centre by the Joint Information Systems Committee (Jisc) following an open competition, and subsequently named EDINA.

The name EDINA was chosen as the ancient, poetic name for Edinburgh, and a word that could be made into a sensible back-formed acronym, originally standing for 'Edinburgh Data and Information Access".

EDINA was launched on 25th January 1996. The world also observes another anniversary on this date: the birth of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns. Read and listen to Burns's ‘Address to Edinburgh’, which begins ‘Edina! Scotia’s darling seat!’