Monday, 11 May 2015

National Records of Scotland online services restored

The National Records of Scotland ( has announced that its online services, including its catalogue, Scottish Documents platform, SCAN site, ScotlandsPlaces and others, have been fully restored. It also notes that "Work will continue to improve the resilience of our infrastructure, and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused" . The full announcement is at

The problem was previously identified as being one with its servers, but why no back-ups could come into play has not been explained, and the fact that work still needs to be carried out to "improve the resilience" of its infrastructure doesn't particularly inspire confidence that everything has as yet been resolved.

It is to be hoped that a body that should be the main archival institution in Scotland setting the standards in the country never again fails so catastrophically with its service provision, not only for its own services but for those others reliant on it to carry content.

It's been a right shambles, but at least things are back up and running again, hopefully permanently.


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