Thursday, 28 March 2013

Coming Soon - County Surveys of Great Britain & Fieldtrip GB

The University of Edinburgh's EDINA datacentre has a couple of major projects on the go just now, of potential interest to genealogists across Britain.

Following on from its successful digitisation of The Statistical Accounts of Scotland (, the centre is now working on the digitisation and presentation of The County Surveys of Great Britain 1793-1817 (which, like the Statistical Accounts, were also commissioned by Sir John Sinclair), which will provide "comprehensive information on the agriculture, rural economy and political economy of each county in Great Britain between 1793 and 1817", to quote EDINA's latest newsletter. The project will take 18 months, and results will be made available through the Statistical Accounts service already up and running.

The second developments is Fieldtrip GB - a new app "that will support teaching, learning and research by making it easier to collect data in the field". This will allow you to save maps to a device and to collect data for field trips, such as images, audio, text and GPS tracks. You can create bespoke forms for your research trip and store results to the cloud. There is a dedicated blog at

(With thanks to the good folk at EDINA)


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