Over the last few weeks we have been working in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, who hold an excellent collection of County Surveys as part of their impressive collections. The RBGE is currently in the process of having their rare books comprehensively catalogued by the Rare Book Cataloguer from the Centre for Research Collections (CRC) at the University of Edinburgh, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to this process by assisting in the cataloguing of the County Survey holdings. Once they are complete, we hope that these new electronic records will from the basis of another data set for our online demonstrator.
The RBGE also has state of the art equipment and digitisation specialists in house: although they are currently involved in an extensive project to digitise specimens from the internationally renowned herbarium, staff have generously shared their knowledge and allowed us to use their equipment to digitise a few of the surveys. We are pleased to report this work is going very well and we should be able to make the digitised copies available soon, so watch this space.