Today I’m liveblogging from the CIGS Web 2.0 & Metadata Annual Seminar taking place at the National Library of Scotland, Board Room, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Usual live blog rules apply – the notes will probably change for corrections, tidying, pictures etc. [update: pictures are on Flickr (and will be added soon)] but should give a sense of the day.
OK we’re starting off with coffee, registration and biscuits and such. Below is the programme for the day – I’ll be filling in the gaps with notes throughout the day. The hashtag for the day is #cigs11.
Graeme Forbes, current chair of CIGS is introducing this, the fourth CIGS Web 2 & Metadata seminar. Our first speaker is Gilian Hanlon of SLIC.
Ask Scotland / Gillian Hanlon, SLIC
Gillian will be talking about Ask Scotland, a web based service which enables direct contact with a librarian to ask questions, sharing knowledge and collections with a global audience. This service is based in 17 different public libraries throughout Scotland and started as a local history service – it has now expanded but Scotland and Scottish History remain an important area for questions and knowledge sharing. Some specialist libraries have now joined Ask Scotland and the first Further Education library joined the group recently.
Ask Scotland also connects into Scotlands Information and CAIRNS – these are repurposed through maps and find a book icons in Ask Scotland so that these tools can be used by users, not just librarians. The intent is a one stop shop for users.