The Board of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) has awarded EDINA with the Society's 2014 Bartholomew Globe, in recognition of EDINA's contribution to services to geography. This includes work in developing and delivering shared services and infrastructure for research and education and in promoting the teaching of Geographical Information Science (GIS) in Scottish schools.
Margaret Wilkes, Convener of RSGS's Collections & Information Committee and one of RSGS's Board of Directors presented the award, saying:
â€œThe Bartholomew Globe is awarded for excellence in the assembly, delivery or application of geographical information through cartography and GIS, and the contribution and work of EDINA more than merits this Award. As particularly geographical examples of EDINA's work we think of its key role in Digimap, of its GoGeo website â€“ and of its ready dissemination of the contents of the 1st and 2nd Statistical Accounts of Scotland - treasure troves of geo-spatial information. But let us not forget the other excellent initiatives of EDINA, all of which have in their way greatly increased geo-spatial information availability to the education world. It is EDINA's dissemination of such data that so delights our Society as an educational charity, for from its inception in 1884, RSGS has put education to the fore, and at the core, of our work, and EDINA in our view brilliantly exemplifies this.â€
EDINA have been running services providing educational institutions with online maps and geographic data for over 15 years and we are extremely proud to receive this recognition.
Messages of congratulations have been received from Vanessa Lawrence CB, former Directory General of Ordnance Survey; Professor Martyn C Harrow, Jisc Chief Executive; and Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh.
Peter Burnhill, Director of EDINA, said
'This is a great honour. The award of the RSGS Bartholomew Globe recognises both the present contribution of individuals at EDINA and also the work of staff across EDINA, front and back office, who ensure that mapping data and geospatial tools are accessible online across for all disciplines and available for all universities, colleges and schools across the UK. This tribute is triggered by the flagship Digimap online mapping service which enhances learning in universities, colleges and schools, and is also due to the achievements in EDINA and the Data Library over a twenty to thirty year period.'