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Links to projects that have used the RSLP collection description schema.

Tap Into Bath

Tap into Bath was a demonstrator project of an online database of cultural heritage and academic collections held in archives, museums and art galleries, and libraries in the city of Bath. It was developed jointly by UKOLN and the University of Bath Library, in cooperation with partner organizations in Bath. Launched in 2004, this database was closed in 2010.

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Reveal brings together information about services and resources for visually impaired people from organisations across the United Kingdom. You can use this web site to find books in braille, moon, audio books and digital talking books, tactile diagrams and other accessible materials using the Catalogue of Resources. You can also find out who produces, loans and sells accessible material through the Suppliers Register, which is based on the RSLP Collection-Level Description Schema.

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Enrich UK was a gateway to the lottery-funded collections of 150 sites developed through funding from the New Opportunities Fund NOF-digi programme. The content ranges across culture, history, social and economic development, science and art as well as offering regional and national 'sense of place' websites from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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Backstage is a cross sectoral project to provide a single point of entry for searching performing arts collections in the UK. It is aimed at the research community, plus anyone with an interest in the performing arts. The Backstage databases contain both Collection Level Descriptions of the various theatre collections covered (one record per collection based on the RSLP Collection Level Descripton Schema) and also an Item Level Catalogue for around half of the collections with descriptions of each of the items (posters, playbills, costumes etc.) within that collection. The Item Level Catalogue is based on the ISAD(G) archival standard.

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The archives, libraries and museums in the UK and Ireland are treasure houses of materials and resources covering every aspect of music from the esoteric to the popular. Perhaps you want information for a school project, a college course, for a paper you are writing or just for personal interest, but don't know where to find the answers to questions such as the following:

  • Where are individual musicians' manuscripts and papers held?
  • Where can I see a collection of historic wind instruments?
  • Who holds archives of concert programmes?
  • Does my local library lend CDs?
  • Cecilia aims to find the answers and to provide a directory of first resort for all enquiries about music resources and materials through its database, which holds searchable descriptions of collections of music materials in both specialised and general collections. Descriptions were created using the RSLP CD Schema and form one of the datasets under the Cornucopia umbrella. It is managed by the UK and Ireland Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries - IAML (UK & Irl).

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    PADDI (Planning Architecture Design Database Ireland) is a bibliographic database which provides access to information on all aspects of the built environment and environmental planning in Ireland, north and south. In addition to the database there is a directory of sources which acts as a gateway to researchers seeking information on collections in Ireland relating to architecture and planning.

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    MASC25 is an online resource guide to printed special collections in libraries within the M25 Consortium. A user-friendly interface provides ready access to the database of collection-level descriptions, which documents the rich variety of rare and remarkable printed materials in academic libraries across the London region. Because of its broad coverage, MASC25 will be a valuable tool for researchers across all disciplines.

    Cornucopia logo

    Cornucopia : Discovering UK Collections has been developed by MLA: the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. The Cornucopia database is a fully searchabel online database of some 6,000 collections held by almost 2,000 cultural heritage institutions. It also allows those institutions to records and maintain collection descriptions and details using a web based direct entry client.

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    SCONE is the Scottish Collections Network. It provides descriptions of collections held in Scottish libraries, museums and archives, and collections about Scottish issues held elsewhere. These descriptions can be searched by collection name and location, and by the names of associated persons and organizations including collectors, collection owners and administrators, and the subjects covered by the collections.

    Mapping Wales logo

    Collections Wales is a bilingual online database of descriptions of research collections in Wales, together with a selection of electronic links to the websites of a range of relevant external organisations in Wales, the UK and overseas. It includes a wide range of subjects, and a variety of formats, from printed materials and photographs to artefacts and electronic data.

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    Research and Special Collections Available Online is an electronic gateway search and browse information about the wide range of research and special collections held in libraries, museums and archives across the region. The Directory consists of comprehensive descriptions of collections available to researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences recording details of content, location, format, and access. Links to institutions' on-line catalogues and other digital resources are provided where appropriate.

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    Content by: Shirley Keane of UKOLN.
    Page last revised on: 04-Oct-2010
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