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November 2005: Volume 10.3

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In this Issue:

Multimedia Portal Project
EDINA is leading a partnership sponsored by JISC to scope and build a demonstrator for a national Visual and Sound Material (VSM) Portal.
Digimap makes History
The Historic Map Collection, a new resource funded by JISC and available through Digimap, offers for the first time online access to historic maps covering Great Britain from the mid 1800s to the early 1990s.
New agcensus data
Agcensus enters its second full year with further data additions.
GRADE Scoping Study
EDINA is scoping a Geospatial Repository for Academic Deposit and Extraction (GRADE) as part of the JISC Digital Repositories Programme.
GetRef helps users find bibliographic databases
GetRef is a federated search tool developed for the JISC community by EDINA to search bibliographic databases and related resources. Version 2 is now available for trial.
Fresh face for the Statistical Accounts
The Statistical Accounts of Scotland service received a new look in mid-October 2005. The new layout enables users to perform a quick search for parish, county or text from both Accounts directly from the front page. Users can now click on a county map of Scotland to access county reports directly.
New improved Go-Geo!
A new version of Go-Geo!, the UK academic spatial data portal operated and maintained by EDINA, was launched on 1 September 2005.
Explore Aladdin’s Cave
EDINA has introduced a new "web room" to its home page. Here we show you what we are working on, what's coming soon: previews of user interfaces to existing services, and the services we aim to launch in the not too distant future.
EIG improvements
The look-and-feel of the user interface for the Education Image Gallery (EIG) service has been refreshed for the start of the academic year 2005/2006, including two improvements to the service’s functionality.
EMOL update
Forsooth! Shakespeare comes to EMOL. Culverhouse delayed.
Forthcoming Events
See our Training and Events page for the latest news.


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