Development of New Scottish Archives Portal – Your Scottish Archives

Development of New Scottish Archives Portal – Your Scottish Archives

13 July 2020

The Scottish Council on Archives is delighted to announce that it will be working with the website design agency, Gooii Ltd, to create a new Scottish archives portal, in partnership with Jisc/Archives Hub.

Your Scottish Archives will feature online archive collections from across the country, including local authority archives; health, business, and community archives; private collections; and records held by under-represented groups. Your Scottish Archives will vastly improve access to Scotland’s online archive collections. As well as bringing together data from recognised repositories into a dynamic new portal, the project will also set out to help catalogue and share the stories of communities across Scotland and, through engagement, training and mentoring, particularly with volunteers, ensure these become part of the country’s national record. Because everyone’s story matters, we also want to include archival records from a wide range of communities, including local heritage, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, and other under-represented groups.

The project has two main elements.

  1. A new online accessible resource collecting and sharing data from Scottish repositories.
  2. Because everyone’s story matters, we want to include archival records from a wide range of communities, including local heritage, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented groups as well as traditional public, university and business archives.

Gooii is a website design and app development agency with offices in Nottingham, established in 2001. Specialising in mobile and desktop user interface development their in-house team have successfully delivered many culture and heritage web projects over the years.

Bruce Jackson, SCA Chair said:

“After wide consultation with the sector and many users of archives services, SCA is delighted to begin the next stage in the development of this important and unique new resource, and we look forward to working with Gooii Ltd and our project partners, Jisc/Archives.”

John Pelan, SCA Director said:

“I am very excited to be working with Gooii Ltd, who have a strong track record in designing and delivering innovative and exciting websites. Gooii have worked with Archives Hub for many years, and have specialist knowledge of the technical side of aggregating online catalogues.”

Dr Irene O’Brien, Senior Archivist, Glasgow City Archives and SCA Honorary President said:

“I am thrilled by the news that this new portal, Your Scottish Archives, is becoming a reality. It will be of huge benefit in terms of increasing opportunities to access and engage with Scotland’s rich archival heritage.”

Franz Evert, Technical Director, Gooii Ltd said:

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Scottish Council on Archives and Archives Hub teams on this project and are looking forward to developing the exciting new portal – Your Scottish Archives.”

SCA plans to launch the new Your Scottish Archives towards the end of 2022.  The project has been delayed by the pandemic and lockdowns but we are back on track. We will be contacting repositories in early 2022 to start the process of collecting data.

For more information, contact:
John Pelan, SCA