Projects Archive

Websites and summaries of projects that have been completed, archived in their final state.

Listed alphabetically.

See also:


  • AddressingHistory Phase 1, April – September 2010
    Creating an online tool to combine data from digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories with contemporaneous historical maps.
  • A Sense of Place (National) Digitisation Project
    An umbrella theme covering separate, still ongoing projects: Collect Britain, and A Vision of Britain through Time, created by the Great Britain Historical GIS (GBHGIS) project.
  • Authenticated Networked Guided Environment for Learning (ANGEL), 2000 – 2003
    Developing tools to integrate learning environments with digital library developments.
  • British Survey of Fertiliser Practice, 1993 – 1998
    Designing and conducting the survey for DEFRA.
  • CartoGrammar, Oct 2011 – Jul 2012
    Developing an open web service and tools to allow social scientists to create, share and reuse custom, bespoke cartograms.
  • Connecting Historical Authorities with Linked data, Contexts and Entities (CHALICE), June 2010 – 30 April 2011
    Generating a gazetteer of historic UK place names, linked to documents and authority files in Linked Data form.
  • Coastal Marine Perception Application for Scientific Scholarship (COMPASS), 2007 – 2009
    Investigating the development of semantic tools for assisting those conducting research into coastal marine environments.
  • Cooperative Archive of Serials and Articles (CASA), 1996 – 2000
    Making better information about journals and other periodicals available to users and information professionals worldwide.
  • DISC-UK DataShare, 2007 – 2009
    Piloting successful models for incorporating deposit of research data into institutional repositories.
  • Digitisation and Exposure of English Place-names (DEEP), Nov 2011 – Jul 2013
    Digitising the entire 86 volume corpus of the Survey of English Place-Names (SEPN).
  • Demonstrating Interoperability within the JISC Integrated Information Environment , 2004 – 2005
    Demonstrating how web services may best be used to deliver geospatial data to the academic community.
  • the Depot, 2006 – 2009
    Supporting the Jisc Repositories and Preservation programme for the deposit of research papers, articles, and book chapters.
  • Data Integration and Dissemination (DIaD), 2008 – 2009
    Investigating the potential of using open-standard techniques to perform data linkage between two heavily used census outputs.
  • Digimap in FE, 2001 – 2002
    Examining the extension of the Digimap service from Higher Education Institutions only, to the Further Education sector.
  • Digimap Project, 1996 – 1999
    Making Ordnance Survey digital map data available on the Internet. Now a full EDINA service.
  • Digimap - Alternative Access Scoping Study – Mobile, 2009 – 2010
    Investigating the potential and the demand for mobile GIS in Higher and Further education and research.
  • Digital Monograph Technical Landscape Study, February – December 2011
    Looking at the issues around the adoption of e-book reader technology to help the publication of scholarly literature, in particular monographs.
  • DiscoverEDINA, December 2011– October 2012
    Addressing a number of key problem areas identified by the Resource Discovery Taskforce and the Discovery programme, specifically: services that support the creation and enhancement of metadata, enhancements to existing aggregations, and services that support more effective reuse of metadata.
  • Discovery to Delivery at EDINA and Mimas (D2D@E&M), 2008 – 2009
    Enabling users to discover resources on the existing Copac (Mimas) and SUNCAT (EDINA) services.
  • E-BioSci, 2001 – 2005
    Accessing and retrieving full text and factual information in the life sciences.
  • e-MapScholar, 2001 – 2003
    Developing tools and learning and teaching materials to enhance and support the use of geo-spatial data, including digital map data available from the EDINA Digimap service.
  • e-MapScholar Virtual Placement – Nant Carfan Visualisation Case Study, ended 2007
    Providing real-life problems that can be addressed using geo-information.
  • EM-Loader, March 2008 – 2010
    Demonstrating middleware to enable easier deposit of research papers through batch upload of extant bibliographic metadata.
  • EuroGeoNames, 2006 – 2009
    Implementing an interoperable internet service to link and provide access to the official, multilingual geographical names data held nationally across Europe.
  • European Spatial Data Infrastructure with a Best Practice Network (ESDIN), September 2008 – March 2011
    Developing a Best Practice Network and evaluating the theory of integrating national Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs).
  • Gateways to Archives of Scottish Higher Education (GASHE), 2004 – 2006
    Providing electronic access to descriptions of historical records of 10 Higher Education Institutions in Scotland.
  • Grid Enabling EDINA Services (GEESE), 2006 – 2007
    Taking a significant step towards making EDINA national data centre data securely available on the UK’s National Grid Service for use by the UK academic sector.
  • GeoCrossWalk, 2007 – 2008
    Developing a middleware Gazetteer server (machine2machine) and a demonstrator Gazetteer service (human2machine).
  • GeoDigRef, 2008 – 2009
    Investigating the advantages of metadata enrichment across three diverse resource collections funded under the Jisc Digitisation programme.
  • Geospatial Application Profile (GAP), April 2008 – 2010
    Developing a Geospatial Application Profile (GAP) analogous to the ePrints (SWAP) Profile, to describing geospatial resources held in repositories.
  • Geospatial Engagement and Community Outreach (GECO), February 2011 – February 2012
    Fostering a community(ies) of users of geospatial resources (data, services, support).
  • GetRef, 2007 – 2010
    Cross-searching abstracting and indexing databases.
  • Go-Geo!, 2001 – 2008
    Developing an online resource discovery tool to identify and retrieve records describing geospatial data in UK tertiary education. Now a full EDINA service.
  • High-Level Thesaurus (HILT) Phase IV, 2007 – 2009
    Aiming to ensure that Higher and Further Education users of the Jisc Information Environment can find appropriate learning, research and information resources by subject search and browse.
  • Historic Map Series Metadata for England and Wales, October 2012 – July 2013
    Improving metadata for two historic map series held by EDINA.
  • Interoperable Geographic Information for Biosphere Study (IGIBS), April to October 2011:
    Demonstrating how Shibboleth authentication software can be used to provide an organisational model for Spatial Data Infrastructure.
  • Jisc Programme and Document Repository Business Process and Repository Metadata Definition, April – July 2010
    Providing consultancy to Jisc to develop candidate business processes and metadata schema for a new Jisc repository.
  • JORUM, 2002 – 2011
    Creating a technical and policy infrastructure for the UK’s national repository for learning and teaching resources. Now a full Mimas service.
  • Linked Data Focus, February 2011– January 2012
    Providing means for staff and students at UK Higher and Further Education Institutions to locate the appropriate copy for a given bibliographic reference.
  • Low Cost OpenURL Resolver, February – September 2008
    Providing means for staff and students at UK Higher and Further Education Institutions to locate the appropriate copy for a given bibliographic reference.
  • Migration and Housing Choice in Scotland Survey, 1990
    Providing technical support for this survey to discover the motivation behind household migration patterns for academic research and public and private sector decision-making.
  • MOTIIVE, 2005 – 2007
    Examining the use of open geospatial interoperability standards to achieve data harmonisation in the marine/coastal thematic area.
  • NAHSTE, 2000 – 2003
    Making web-accessible a variety of collections of archives and manuscripts held by three partner Higher Education Institutions (University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, and Glasgow University).
  • NLN Learning Materials Delivery Project, 2002 – 2003
    Making online learning materials for use in Virtual Learning Environments available for download.
  • Open Access Repository Junction, August 2009 – March 2011
    Developing a deposit broker system to assist open access deposit into, and interoperability between, existing repository services.
  • OpenURL Router, 2003 – 2005
    Developing a service to link different bibliographic services, typically between an abstracting and indexing database (a referrer) and services (resolvers).
  • OS Mastermap Scoping Study, 2001 – 2002
    Examining the technical challenges for service delivery posed by the adoption of an object-based, seamless topographical database by the Ordnance Survey in its MasterMap product.
  • OS MasterMap, 2006 – 2007
    Rolling out OS MasterMap Topographic, the replacement for Ordnance Survey Land-Line.
  • Pilot for Ensuring Continuity of Access via NESLi2 (PECAN) - Phase 1, August – November 2009
    Investigating how best to support libraries and their patrons through access to e-journal content post-cancellation.
  • Pilot for Ensuring Continuity of Access via NESLi2 (PECAN) – Phase 2, May 2011 – September 2012
    Investigating how best to support libraries and their patrons through access to e-journal content post-cancellation.
  • PhoneBooth, Nov 2011 – Jul 2012
    Repurposing the Charles Booth Maps, Descriptive of London Poverty and selected police notebooks for delivery to mobile devices.
  • Providing a Repository for Open-access Subject-Presented Eprints Online (Prospero), ended 2006
    Scoping a Jisc-funded open access repository of research papers to support UK researchers and academic institutions without current access to an institutional repository. Succeeded by the Depot.
  • Research Activity and Publications Information Database (RAPID) (PDF document), 1990 – 1997
    Linking descriptions of research activity with outputs, from ESRC-funded projects. Succeeded by REGARD at the University of Bristol.
  • Research Equipment Database in CERIF (REDIC), June to December 2012
    Scoping and building a prototype system and infrastructure for a registry of information about research equipment and facilities.
  • Remote Referencing Project, 1996 – 1998
    Using video-conferencing technology to enable users working at home to have access to their reference librarians.
  • Research Data MANTRA, September 2010 - August 2011
    Developing online learning materials that reflect best practice in research data management.
  • Review of OpenID, 2007 – 2008
    Investigating OpenID and its applicability within UK academia.
  • SAD I, 2000 – 2001
    Producing a prototype engineering portal with EEVL.
  • Scoping a Geospatial Repository for Academic Deposit and Extraction (GRADE), 2006 – 2009
    Investigating and reporting on the technical and cultural issues around the reuse of geospatial data within the Jisc Information Environment. Now incorporated into the Digimap service.
  • Scoping Study: Aggregations of Metadata for Images and Time Based Media, June – September 2010
    Understanding the issues, barriers and opportunities that established an aggregation of metadata describing images and time-based media.
  • Scoping Study into Institutional Profiling and Terms and Conditions services (IPTC), ended 2004
    Scoping the development of Institutional Profiling and Terms and Conditions services.
  • Scottish Datasets Initiative, 1996-1998
    Making Scottish research data more accessible to researchers.
  • Scottish Spatial Data Infrastructure, March 2010 – March 2013
    Developed a pilot discovery metadata service as a key component of a Scottish Spatial Data Infrastructure.
  • SEE-GEO, 2006 – 2008:
    Demonstrating the use of Shibboleth to securely access Geospatial web services using open interoperability standards running on the National Grid Service.
  • Shared OpenURL Data Infrastructure Investigation, 2008 – 2009
    Scoping a UK architecture for the analysis of OpenURL linking data.
  • ShareGeo, 2006 – 2008
    Integrating a geospatial data repository into Digimap. Now available from within the Digimap service.
  • ShareGeo Open, ended 2010
    Promoting data sharing between creators and users of spatial data.
  • Shibboleth Development and Support Services, 2004 – 2007
    Advancing the work of adopting Shibboleth technology as the principal framework for authentication and authorisation within the Jisc Information Environment.
  • Special Collections Index of Manuscripts, 1995-1996
    Increasing awareness and effective use of the manuscripts held by Edinburgh University Library's Special Collections.
  • Statistical Accounts of Scotland, 1999 – 2001
    Digitising the 1790 and 1830 statistical reports on the parishes of Scotland. Now a full EDINA service.
  • Spatio-Temporal Energy Efficiency Visualisation (STEEV), February 2011 – November 2011
    Building a stakeholder engagement tool visualising historic, current and future energy efficiency estimates at the level of individual buildings.
  • SUNCAT, 2003 – 2006
    Setting up and hosting a Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Now a full EDINA service.
  • Supporting Personalisation across the Jisc Information Environment, February 2009 – 2010
    Creating two rapid demonstrators for Location-based searching for Jisc Information Environment services; and a Shared middleware service of service-content references.
  • TIES I, ended 2003
    Implementing a pilot Public Key Infrastructure for Higher and Further Education.
  • TIES II, ended 2004
    Considering the feasibility of creating a national service for the issue of digital certificates to staff and students in Higher and Further Education.
  • TRILT, 2001 – 2003
    Developing a comprehensive, detailed, searchable online index of UK TV and radio channels: now available as a service from the BUFVC.
  • UK Discovery Projects, Feb – July 2011
    Exploring the use of open linked data for GoGeo and SUNCAT.
  • UK RepositoryNet+, August 2012 – 31 July 2013
    Socio-technical infrastructure supporting deposit, curation and exposure of Open Access research literature
  • UK Serials Union Catalogue (SUNCAT) Scoping Study (PDF document), ended 2002
    Contributing to a Jisc -commissioned study, specifically concentrating on specific technical aspects and ensuring that the SUNCAT would be consistent with other developments in the Jisc Information Environment.
  • Usability Service Enhancements to Digimap (USeD), March 2011 - February 2012
    Looking at ways of improving the Digimap Data Download facility.
  • Using Numeric Data in Learning & Teaching (Datateach) (PDF report), 2001
    Examining and enhancing university support of numeric data analysis in learning and teaching, by a team of national and local academic data service providers.
  • Using OpenURL Activity Data, Nov 2010 – Jul 2012
    Exploring the value and viability of releasing OpenURL activity data for use by third parties.
  • VSM Portal, 2008 – 2010
    Building a demonstrator portal for time-based media and still images.
  • Walking Through Time, June – October 2009
    Improving the delivery, sharing and use of Jisc mapping resources by learners, teachers and researchers, via a lightweight web service that provides historical map data to a smart phone.
  • Walking Through Time 2, April – September 2010
    Developing a sustainable platform to allow for the roll-out of the application across Britain via the most popular smart phone platform.
  • Web Services Tiered Internet Authorisation (WSTIERIA), January 2010 – March 2011
    Enabling interoperation of web services by taking current developments and applying them to one or more real use cases.
  • Will’s World: Walking Through Shakespeare (Discovery 2012), Dec 2011 – Sept 2012
    Developing an aggregation of online sources of digital resources relating to William Shakespeare.
  • Xgrain, 2000 – 2004
    Developing an application for cross-searching abstract and indexing databases that developed into the GetRef service.
  • ZBLSA, 2001 – 2003
    Providing full text of a journal article given a 'bibliographic' reference discovered elsewhere, e.g. in an abstract and indexing Database or as a citation in a journal article; developed into the OpenURL Router project.

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