Gazetteer for Scotland

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The Gazetteer for Scotland is a gazetteer covering the geography, history and people of Scotland. It was conceived in 1995 by Bruce Gittings of the University of Edinburgh and David Munro of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and contains 15,500 entries as of January 2008, making it one of the largest Scottish-based web sites.[citation needed] It claims to be "the largest Scottish resource available on the web".

Following on from a strong Scottish tradition of geographical publishing, the Gazetteer for Scotland is the first comprehensive gazetteer to be produced for the country since Francis Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-6)[1] (the text of which is incorporated into relevant entries). The aim is not to produce a travel guide, of which there are many, but to write a substantive and thoroughly edited description of the country, including industrial sites and many other features not of tourist interest.

In terms of the web, the Gazetteer for Scotland is historically interesting because it is one of the earliest decisions to take what would have been a book and make it available as a website, realising that the content would grow too much larger than could be economically publishable. The web medium also permitted many more illustrations than would be possible in print. A book has, in fact, been published as a later output of this project Scotland: An Encyclopedia of Places and Landscape (2006),[2] which distills the key facts from the Gazetteer for Scotland database, together with high-quality mapping, into a handy reference form.

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  1. ^ Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (6 Volumes) Edited by Francis H. Groome. Electric Scotland. 1892-6. Retrieved March 15, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Munro, David; Gittings, Bruce (2006). Scotland: An Encyclopedia of Places and Landscape. Collins. ISBN 978-0004724669. 

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