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teacher generation, this will change. Already in 1999 it offered teachers and students a set of
practical tools: Clipper, a presenter tool that allowed users to select items from the SCRAN
resource base and quite easily create a structured presentation either on or off-line. Other
presenter tools were Promenade, using a panorama metaphor to organise material, and
Chronicle, to show sequences of events or information within a chronological framework.
(cf. Buchanan, 1999)
Recently, SCRAN launched a new service,Virtual Exhibitions, which allows users to
create their own exhibition on the web with the extensive range of images and other
material available on SCRAN."It has been designed so that anyone can use it and achieve
professional results, without having to get to grips with the nuts and bolts of web design",
said Robin Tatler, Director of Media and Communications,VFactO, who worked with
SCRAN to develop this inspirational new software.
New funds, new partnerships
The idea to digitise and make accessible Scotland's material culture and human history
has become reality, through an investment of 7.5million pounds sterling from the UK
Millennium Commission (UK National Lottery funds) and much effort and resources
invested from all participating institutions.
Most of the funding went into digitising and bringing online the rich stock of cultural
heritage resources SCRAN now offers to subscribers to the virtual environment it has
developed.With the revenues from the licenses and additional products and services
SCRAN can cover its running costs, yet for further development, digitisation and
educational projects additional funding is required, and in the pipeline.
A new financial injection will come from a recent New Opportunities Funds, NOF
<>, grant of 4 million pounds to Resources for Learning in
Scotland (RLS). RLS is a project developed by a consortium of institutions including the
National Library of Scotland as lead partner, the National Archives of Scotland, SCRAN,
and over 100 smaller Scottish archives and libraries.
RLS will create digital content for the study and celebration of social, cultural and
industrial heritage in Scotland, complementary to and integrated with the SCRAN
resource base.The main target group of RLS are life-long learners and the intention is to
develop a virtual portal and environment for them. Currently the web site gives
information on the project and allows searching and browsing of resources from RLS and
SCRAN (<>).
In May 2001, SCRAN entered into a broad collaborative agreement with the Art
Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) that is active in the United States and Canada (see
the separate short case study on AMICO's partnership and licensing model).The two
organisations will share expertise, specifications and tools, and in particular explore the
opportunity to extend the user base for their subscription-based resources.This material
will go live on the SCRAN resource base on November 30 2001.
(Source: SCRAN and AMICO to Collaborate:
Sources used for this case study:
DigiCULT expert round table in Edinburgh, July 24, 2001, statements of Bruce Royan,
Graham Turnbull and Sandy Buchanan, respectively Chief Executive, Publishing Manager
and Resources Manager of SCRAN, Edinburgh, July 26, 2001. A follow-up interview
with these experts was done on July 26, 2001.