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Blog post on Scottish progress

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1Scotland Update
3<p>We are currently experimenting with a couple of different types of
4old Scottish maps, with varying levels of sucess.</p>
6<p>The easiest maps to work with are the 7<sup>th</sup> edition maps,
7which were created using the National Grid. These can be tiled up, and then
8used on the site in just the same way as the existing New Popular Edition
9maps of England and Wales. There are only two snags: Not all of the Scottish
107<sup>th</sup>th edition maps are out of copyright, and we don't have all
11of the ones that are. If anyone does have any of them, we'd love to hear
12from them.</p>
14<p>Next up, we have the updated Popular Edition maps from the 1940s, which
15had the National Grid printed over them. These were produced both for the
16War Office, and for general sale to the public (though we don't think very
17large numbers of them were). As these maps weren't originally produced
18with the National Grid, when added it's not completely straight. This means
19it's more work to tile them, but not impossible.</p>
21<p>We have done a trial run with an updated Popular Edition map, and the
22result (covering Inverness) can be seen
23<a href=",281,2">here</a>. We
24are currently getting several of these maps scanned in, so we hope to be able
25to show maps for some of Scotland in the next few weeks. We don't have
26these maps for all of Scotland though, so again we'd love to hear from
27anyone who does.</p>
29<p>Finally, a very kind person has offered us all of the Popular Edition
30maps (from the 1920s) for Scotland, just as soon as he's had them scanned in.
31Unfortunately, the Popular Edition wasn't produced against the National
32Grid, so the process of converting the scans into suitable tiles looks like
33being quite a complex one. So, it may be some time until we can put these
34maps online.</p>
36<p>On a related note, we're still very keen to hear from anyone who has
37out of copyright 1 inch to the mile maps of Northern Ireland. Do please get
38in touch if you have some.</p>
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