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Monday, 14 September 2015

New website for SVAG blog

The Scottish Visual Arts Group blog is on the move! As of this post, this blogger blog will be retired. Our new wordpress blog can be found at:

Thanks to everyone involved in getting the new improved blog up and running. We think you'll agree it looks great and provides some useful new functionality such as the Members Directory and the link to our new Artists' Books in Scotland information site. 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Artists' books feature in Print Festival Scotland event

The University of Dundee has an extraordinary collection of over 1000 artists' books held in the Visual Research Centre at DCA. 

Known as abcD (artists' book collection Dundee), it will be open to the public from 4.30 - 6.00pm on Wednesday 1 July 2015 as part of Print Festival Scotland

No need to book - just drop in. Head through the cafe at DCA then downstairs to the VRC.

All welcome!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The D-Word: tips and tricks for digitising library and archive collections

The D-Word: tips and tricks for digitising library and archive collections

MLAG Conference 2015 #mlag15

Friday 24th April 2015

Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

This one-day conference is organised by MLAG (Museum Librarians and
Archivists Group), a network of archivists
and librarians working in museums and galleries throughout the UK.

Providing online access to library and archive collections has never
been more important for promoting and increasing awareness to our hidden
treasures.  At this conference we want to explore:

* how museums and art galleries can start the digitisation process and
demystify the often complex world of digitisation, no matter what your

* case studies from museums and art galleries who have begun digitising
their collections, and highlight particular areas of interest or
successes in these projects

The conference will include presentations, poster sessions and a panel
discussion as well as tours of the Internet Archive digitisation suite
(numbers for the tours are strictly limited and must be booked in advance).

Tickets are priced at £15 and all are welcome, please see the link below
for the full programme and ticketing information:


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

New toolkits for research data management in the visual arts

The Centre for Digital Scholarship at the University for the Creative Arts has launched toolkits resulting from the VADS4R project. This project delivered a series of workshops on research data management in the visual arts at the University for the Creative Arts, Glasgow School of Art and Falmouth University, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Over 186 postgraduates and researchers participated in the project from universities across the UK, exploring the nature of ‘research data’ in the visual arts and sharing their practice and tips for its effective management.

The CDS have launched the first in a series of online toolkits and videos introducing research data management in the visual arts. The tools are:

"How to avoid a data disaster":

"Writing the AHRC Technical Plan":

Amy Robinson of the CDS says: "We hope this will prove useful beyond the end of the project, and we would be really grateful to get your feedback and any suggestions whatsoever at the end of each toolkit (or by email)."

The CDS have also shared all the presentations and materials from the workshops on the project website at:

UCA Research Online:

Monday, 15 December 2014

GSA announces launch of new website and online catalogue for GSA’s Archives and Collections

Glasgow School of Art have announced the launch of a new website and online catalogue for GSA’s Archives and Collections.

To visit the new website go to:

Michelle Kaye, GSA Archives and Collections Project Officer said: 
"This is an exciting step for the Archives and Collections. By making our collections more accessible online, we hope to promote our magnificent holdings and facilitate the use of our archives and museum objects by both GSA staff and students as well as external users for the purposes of learning, teaching and research. This project has been kindly supported by Museums Galleries Scotland.

As a result of the fire which occurred in the Mackintosh Building earlier this year, physical access to our collections is limited and we are sadly currently unable to welcome researchers to our searchroom, so providing virtual access to our collections has become even more vital at this time."

You can sign up to the new blog at: