Database of the digitized map collections
map collections outside the Czech Republic

Map Collection. The National Library of Scotland

Name of the digital map collection: NLS Map Images
Web address of digitized cartographic documents: https://maps.nls.uk
National identifier of the collection (if available):
The main thematic content/s of the collection: Topographic maps by Ordnance Survey, historical maps of Scotland, Admiralty and hydrographic / marine charts, British official mapping
The collection departmental code: HISTORY


Address: 33 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, EH9 1SL
Name of contact person: Chris Fleet, Map Curator
Phone to contact person:
Contact person's email c.fleet@nls.uk

Information about the collection

The most important printed publications about the map collection: National Library of Scotland. (1984). The Map Room and its services. Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland; Fleet, C., Wilkes, M., Withers, C., & National Library of Scotland. (2012). Scotland : Mapping the nation. Edinburgh: Birlinn in association with the National Library of Scotland; Brown, I. (2010). Rax me that Buik : Highlights from the collections of the National Library of Scotland. London: Scala.

Other important information about the collection: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Library_of_Scotland; https://www.nls.uk/collections/maps; https://maps.nls.uk/about.html

The physical fund of the collection

The total size of the physical fund (also not processed): 1.500.000
The number of processed units in the electronic catalogue: 250.000
The number of physical units of old cartographic materials: 50.000
The typology of old cartographic materials: old maps; manuscript maps; old atlases; old globes;
Expected final processing of the collection: After 5 and more years

The digital fund of the map collection

The total number of individual digitized images (also unpublished): 250.000
Of this number is already published: 200.000
The collection is published: on-line;
The number of files in the databases of images (i.e. voluminous maps or atlases, so more objects joined in one): 0
The number of accessible 3D objects (globes, models, etc.): 0

Descriptive metadata

Library or archive programs used for cataloging: Primo/Alma;
Standards used for metadata descriptions: Dublin
Rules used to create metadata: AACR2/R; ISBD; RDA;
Methodologies used for the description:
Indexing by: key words; subjectgeographical entries;
Are the before mentioned selection terms exported into metadata? yes
Additional information on the method and scope of the description: Programme: Ex Libris Primo / Alma All these have been used over time, but in general we have moved from ISBD to AACR and then RDA.

Services offered with digitized maps

Georeferencing (ground controlling) of maps: Yes
Map selection from map layouts: Yes
Search by map markers: Yes
Reading old fonts in the OCR: No
Full text search from legends: No
Digitization of maps on request: Yes
Other services: Users of data: secondary schools, universities, Academy of science, publishing houses, television, radio, film production, public, legal firms; commercial archaeology; environmental risk consultants; wallpaper companies; bespoke gift companies Providing of educational and promotional materials: https://digimapforschools.edina.ac.uk/

Aggregation into higher units

Digitalized cartographic documents are eported into superior aggregates: Europeana; Oldmapsonline.org;

Last data update 23/02/2021 22:27:06 by the user novotna