National Records of Scotland’s Web Continuity Service

At the end of last year National Records of Scotland’s blog published a short series about their new Web Continuity Service. Here’s a handy round-up of the posts:

  1. Websites as archival public records and the ‘looking glass’ into government

…government websites form an integral part of the public record. National archives, who capture, preserve and make available public records, are therefore taking steps to capture a representative record of this modern aspect of government. To do so, national archives are creating web archives…

Read the full post here


2.  What is web archiving? History, technology, collections

The World Wide Web was pioneered in the late 1980s to help share information more efficiently and effectively. Needless to say this new system proved to be a hit, leading to its global rollout in the early 1990s.  It didn’t take long for observers to ponder that there was probably a lot of content on the Web that would be worth saving for posterity (particularly due to its vulnerability to change), but how?

Click here to read more


3.  The NRS Web Archive and the NRS Web Continuity Service

The NRS Web Continuity Service went live in February 2017. Delivered as part of NRS’s Digital Preservation Programme, our service allows us to archive selected websites that fall within our statutory and strategic collecting remit, and make all archived snapshots accessible in the NRS Web Archive. After just a few months of operations, we are delighted to say that the service is fully functioning and delivering on what it set out to do.

To find out more, click here!


4.  Aiming for quality: selection, capture, QA and preservation of the NRS Web Archive

But what do we mean by ‘high quality web archive’? In web archiving, quality can be related to three elements:

  • Completeness – how much of captured website’s links, text, downloads etc. the crawler has been able to access and capture
  • Behaviour – how much of the navigational functionalities within the captured website snapshot have been preserved, compared to the live site
  • Appearance – how much the design, ‘look and feel’ and user experience of the website has been captured and preserved

See the full post here


Directory highlight: SASA

Jill Tivey, Library & Information Manager at SASA describes their collection like this:

Publications by SASA and under its previous name, the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency e.g. pesticide usage in Scotland surveys, pesticide poisoning of animals reports, annual reports.

Publications of other Scottish and UK bodies where relevant to SASA’s work e.g. DEFRA, Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage. Also includes historical material e.g. from Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland (DAFS) and Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (MAFF).

Limited collection of material from international bodies where relevant to SASA’s work.

Reference access to this interesting collection may be given to genuine researchers, on written application.


Inside the office of an MP



Go ON UK has joined forces with Doteveryone to create a new kind of organisation.

Doteveryone’s mission is to harness the capability of the internet for everyone in Britain.

They are  a charity with a Community Interest Company (CIC), not a think tank, or part of government, or a social enterprise. They don’t have to turn a profit, meet a policy need or let legacy IT contracts and self-perpetuating bureaucracies get in the way.

Read their blog  and see how they are helping MP at Westminster with their digital needs.

a message from ELISA

New website
We’d like to introduce, and welcome you to, ELISA’s new website. Please take a look around:

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Edinburgh Library and Information Services Agency (ELISA) works collaboratively to raise awareness of the collections and services of library, museum, archive, records management and information resources in Edinburgh.