This blog post has been provided by National Records of Scotland (NRS) and reflects the partnership working between NRS and the Scottish Parliament on web archiving and the release of the Scottish Parliament’s new website.
The Scottish Parliament (SP) launched its new corporate website two weeks ago. One of the challenges they faced was – what do we do with the old site and web content going back to 1999, when the Parliament came into being.
The historical value of this older content was not in question, but the SP team sought options to safely remove this older content from their new site, so long as it remained available elsewhere. To do so, SP collaborated with NRS’s Web Continuity Service to create a solution which incorporated live and archived web content. Read on to learn how we were able to put theory into practice.
The Scottish Parliament would like feedback on their new website which is currenty in beta. The site hosts Legislation (Bills) and Debates and Questions. My first question is “Where has the official report gone?” The publication called the Official Report, established in 1999, is not mentioned on the beta site. It appears now under ‘Debates and Questions’. This is an issue for archiving purposes, metadata creation (is this a change of title? I believe not) and citing the resource, for example. Authoritative information is difficult enough to find so consistency in my experience is key. Please have a look at the new site and see if it meets your users needs. Feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking on the ‘was this page useful’ tab at the foot of each webpage.
SPICe regularly receives enquiries relating to constituents’ concerns over their health records held by their GPs.We were recently asked what the legislative basis is for a patient’s right to ask for their NHS records to be changed or a note written by the patient to be added to the records where the patient has concerns about their content.
I am a Serials Librarian proud of my unique role within the historic and traditional Advocates Library. Unique as I am responsible for a serials collection comprising of stock acquired via print legal deposit and purchased subscriptions. Traditional as our collection is largely print based and we bind most journals to keep infinitum. My technical speciality is print and online subscription management for journals, loose leaf updates, databases and legislative materials. Official publications form a very small but vitally important part of my day to day work.
I initially joined SWOP as a representative of the Advocates Library seeking to develop and learn more about Official Publications. I joined the Business Committee in 2012 and enjoy working at the heart of the group. The work of the committee is very wide and varied – a great opportunity to meet new people and be involved in exciting projects. I believe SWOP is a vital resource providing access to a network of individuals from the field of Official Publications, each with their own area of expertise.
I’m not entirely certain what sort of posts are wanted on this blog… but I thought some SWOP folk might be interested in this post I wrote for my own blog. It is about how I go about locating local SIs
Yesterday I was searching for an old Statutory Instrument. It was only of local interest – so not re-printed in the official volume… I love this sort of enquiry!
The Urr Navigation Order 1901
I would usually expect to find copies of such items in my Very Fine Library. However, our collection of these local SIs only dates from 1930. Next step, check the National Archives of Scotland. Their catalogue showed two items that might have been what I wanted but it was uncertain. I passed this info to my enquirer so he could go and look for himself… but this was an unsatisfying result for me. No fun.
These local SIs – by their very nature – are of local interest only (the clue’s in the title). Copies would usually be lodged with local council offices. The problem is, due to multifarious reformations of local government through the…
You may not be aware that Justis have now added electronic versions of all UK local legislation to their subscription database. The original plan had been that OPSI would make the data available to the general public via the Statute Law Database (now at legislation.gov.uk), but this has not yet happened. This is how Justis describe their coverage:
A growing collection of Private Acts is included as part of this series
2.A complete and fully searchable database of all as-enacted, full-text local legislation from 1797 to date, incorporating a growing collection of private and personal legislation
This is the most comprehensive collection of local acts available electronically anywhere.
The series contains a diverse collection of full-text, as-enacted material on land, public access and all manner of local issues that afford unique benefits or powers not available under general law. It can be used in the specific jurisdiction over which each act has authority or provide guidance or inspiration elsewhere.
Fully and intuitively searchable in isolation or alongside other series to which you subscribe on Justis, it will also be indexed on JustCite, allowing you to see how the various pieces of legislation it contains have been put to use in court.
The Local Acts on Justis are unique for a number of reasons:
Elsewhere, most of its full-text content is available only in hardcopy
On other databases, electronic records go back only to 1991
Nowhere else are references to Local Acts as easy to search as they are on Justis
3.A note on Private Acts
While in development, our growing collection of Private Acts (also known as Personal Acts) is included for free for subscribers of the Local Acts series. Most of its material is from pre-1834 and is in the painstaking process of being data-captured, while the bulk of post-1834 material is in place.