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.
  • AddressingHistory Phase 2, 2010-2012
    Further developing an online tool to combine data from digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories with contemporaneous historical maps.
  • A Sense of Place (National) Digitisation Project, 2002 – 2005
    Digitising and making accessible a large collection of cultural resources relating to places across Britain.
  • 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.
  • CloudWorkbench, August 2012 – May 2014
    Building capacity, experience and facility within EDINA to exploit Cloud-based technology stacks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cooperative Archive of Serials and Articles (CASA), 1996 – 2000
    Making better information about journals and other periodicals available to users and information professionals worldwide.
  • 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.
  • Datateach: The Use of Numeric Data in Learning and Teaching, February 2000 – June 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • DISC-UK DataShare, 2007 – 2009
    Piloting successful models for incorporating deposit of research data into institutional repositories.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Extracting Metadata to Load for Open Access Deposit (EM-Loader), March 2008 – 2010
    Demonstrating middleware to enable easier deposit of research papers through batch upload of extant bibliographic metadata.
  • EZID UK, August 2012 – April 2014
    Investigating and developing the infrastructure to support a service to create and manage unique, long-term identifiers for digital content.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Online Visual Dashboard, August 2012 – May 2014
    Producing a customer-focused service assessment capacity within EDINA.
  • 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.
  • Organisation and Repository Identification (ORI), April to September 2012
    Developing a standalone middleware tool for identifying academic organisations and associated repositories.
  • OS MasterMap, 2006 – 2007
    Rolling out OS MasterMap Topographic, the replacement for Ordnance Survey Land-Line.
  • PhoneBooth, Nov 2011 – Jul 2012
    Repurposing the Charles Booth Maps, Descriptive of London Poverty and selected police notebooks for delivery to mobile devices.
  • 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.
  • Piloting An E-Journals Preservation Registry Service (PEPRS), August 2010 – July 2012
    Scoping, building and testing a pilot e-journals preservation registry service of electronic journals that have arrangements in place for digital preservation.
  • 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.
  • Remote Referencing Project, 1996 – 1998
    Using video-conferencing technology to enable users working at home to have access to their reference librarians.
  • Research Activity and Publications Information Database (RAPID), 1990 – 1997
    Linking descriptions of research activity with outputs, from ESRC-funded projects. Succeeded by REGARD at the University of Bristol.
  • Research Data MANTRA, September 2010 - August 2011
    Developing online learning materials that reflect best practice in research data management.
  • 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.
  • Review of OpenID, 2007 – 2008
    Investigating OpenID and its applicability within UK academia.
  • 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 establishing an aggregation of metadata describing images and time based media will bring.
  • 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.
  • Secure Access to Geospatial Services (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.
  • Spatial Memories, February – August 2014
    Enabling people with disabilities to become more independent and less reliant on others in making spatially aware reminders, hints and checklists using a smartphone app.
  • 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.
  • Special Collections Index of Manuscripts (SCIMSS), 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.
  • Subject Portals Development Project (SAD1), 2000 – 2002
    Producing a prototype engineering portal with EEVL.
  • 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.
  • Technologies for Information Environment Security (TIES) Phase 1, ended 2003
    Implementing a pilot Public Key Infrastructure for Higher and Further Education.
  • Technologies for Information Environment Security (TIES) Phase 2, 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.
  • Trading Consequences, January 2012 – December 2013
    Exploring data about the economic and environmental consequences of commodity trading during the nineteenth century.
  • 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
  • Usability Service Enhancements to Digimap (USeD), March 2011 - February 2012
    Looking at ways of improving the Digimap Data Download facility.
  • 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.
  • Women's Walks, October 2013 – March 2014
    Building a smartphone app for showcasing content from the LSE's recently acquired Women's Library.
  • Xgrain, January 2000 – July 2003
    Developing an application for cross-searching abstract and indexing databases that developed into the GetRef service.
  • ZBLSA, January 2002 – December 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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