NRS have published the latest Population Projections for Scottish Areas. They are based on the latest mid-2016 population estimates and provide an indication of the future population size and age structure of Scottish areas based on a set of assumptions about future fertility, mortality and migration. The projections show that overall, the population of Scotland … Continue reading Population projections and depopulation across Scotland
This Saturday, 3rd February, legal students from the Universities of Aberdeen and Dundee will be delving almost 130 years into the past and, using High Court and Crown Office archive records held by the NRS, will stage a mock trial of a notorious Dundee crime which resulted in the city’s last ever execution. William Bury … Continue reading Criminal case papers brought to life by University students
This year's Christmas e-card from National Records of Scotland features one of the more light-hearted items from our Register House Plans series – a ballroom filled with cats enjoying a Christmas party, dancing, gossiping and having fun. We think that this could be the item containing the most cats in the NRS collections! In creating … Continue reading Feline Christmassy?
This week we dig into the procedures that power the NRS Web Continuity Service. We are a multi-faceted service, dealing with numerous stakeholders and subject areas. With that in mind, we need to ensure our processes are efficient and effective, to help us deliver a high quality web archive. But what do we mean by … Continue reading Aiming for quality: selection, capture, QA and preservation of the NRS Web Archive
So far in this blog series we have discovered government websites’ value as public records, and explored the world of web archiving. This week we combine these two threads, to introduce the NRS Web Archive and our Web Continuity Service. The NRS Web Continuity Service went live in February 2017. Delivered as part of NRS’s … Continue reading The NRS Web Archive and the NRS Web Continuity Service
Following on from last week's introductory blog on web archiving this post takes a broader look at the technical and collecting environment of web archiving, as well as a brief look at its history. The World Wide Web was pioneered in the late 1980s to help share information more efficiently and effectively. Needless to say this … Continue reading What is web archiving? History, technology, collections
Welcome to our blog! Over the course of few weeks, we will take Open Book readers on a tour of NRS’s new Web Continuity Service. Web archiving and Web Continuity represent an exciting new era for archiving at NRS, providing a digital tool that directly supports our mission to, “collect, preserve and produce information about … Continue reading Surfing the Web…Archive!
For many archivists embarking on a Digital Preservation programme, the biggest challenge is knowing where to start. NRS has been helping local authority archivists to overcome this initial hurdle with two new tools to help archivists get started with digital preservation. Last summer, two Heritage Lottery-funded Skills for the Future trainees, seconded on year-long placements, … Continue reading Digital Preservation for Local Authorities
The latest population projections show Scotland’s population is projected to continue to increase and to age over the next 25 years. The National Population Projections for Scotland are based on the latest population estimates for 2016 and provide an indication of the future size and age structure of Scotland’s population based on a set of … Continue reading Scotland’s population is projected to increase and age
At the beginning of September, we said a fond farewell to our five summer legal students, who are employed each year to assist us with processing the vast amount of Sheriff Court civil records that we take in each year. Archivists aim to visit 5-6 courts every year and bring back records that are over … Continue reading The end of summer weeding