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Cataloguing & Indexing Group in Scotland AGM, 10th December

The Cataloguing & Indexing Group in Scotland warmly invites you to its Annual General Meeting, which will take place via Zoom on the 10th December at 2pm.
At this year’s AGM, we will formally endorse the change of name of the group from The Cataloguing & Indexing Group in Scotland to The Metadata and Discovery Group in Scotland, in line with the name change of the UK group earlier this year.
Post-AGM seminar
At this year’s AGM we are delighted to host a talk on the Scottish Ballet Video Archive at the National Library of Scotland. Ann Cameron, Curator at the Library’s Moving Image and Sound Collections in Glasgow, will provide an insight into the project and the role of metadata in bringing this remarkable collection to the public.
Committee elections will take place at the AGM. If you are interested in joining the COmmittee, or wish to raise items for the agenda, please contact CIGS Secretary, Alexandra De Pretto at
RegistrationBoth the AGM and the seminar are free and open to members and non-members; however, registration is required. Please register via Eventbrite:
Access details will be sent out to the attendees closer to the meeting.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s AGM!
All the best,
Natasha Aburrow-JonesCIGS Events Secretary
Systems Librarian
Advocates LibraryEdinburgh.


CIG 2018 – pre-conference meet up, 4th September

Hello CIG Conference delegates!

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at this year’s CIG Conference in Edinburgh, 5-7th September.   If you’re local or arriving early, and don’t have any plans for the evening before conference starts, you are cordially invited to an informal meet up on the 4th September from 6 pm.

Join members of the CIG & CIG Scotland Committees, as well as fellow delegates, in the Summerhall bar, which is only ten minutes’ walk from the Conference venue and accommodation (see directions below).  An excellent choice of food and drink is available, plus outdoor courtyard if the weather stays fine.

The café-bar –  which was once the Small Animal Hospital of the Dick Vet School – is surrounded by an eclectic mix of art and business venues, including a micro-distillery and micro-brewery (sorry, these will be closed).  Just head straight into Summerhall, cross the courtyard, and the bar will be right in front of you.  CIGS will be flying a flag to let you know where and who we are.

We’d love to see you there, and welcome you to Edinburgh for the start of CIG 2018!

How to get there

You can find the website at  with map at

Directions from the conference venue can be found on google maps at

If you have any queries, please get in touch with

See you at CIG 2018!

CIG & CIG Scotland Committees

CIG Scotland AGM 2018

The Cataloguing & Indexing Group in Scotland warmly invites you to its 2018 Annual General Meeting, which will take place at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow on Friday 17th August, 2018.

Interested parties can contribute to the agenda by contacting CIGS Secretary, Eilidh MacGlone at

Find out more information about the event and book your place through Eventbrite: CIG Scotland AGM 2018

When and Where

  • Date: Friday 17th August, 2018
  • Time: AGM will start at 1:30
  • Venue: Activity Space, Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AW

See you all in August.

Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland


Somewhere over the Rainbow – programme now available

The programme for CIG Scotland’s seventh Metadata & Web 2.0 seminar is now available, please see below.

Title: Somewhere over the Rainbow : 0ur metadata online, past, present & future Venue: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Date 5th April 2017


10:00 Registration & coffee

10:30 Welcome

10:35 Crowdsourcing at the National Library of Scotland / Ines Byrne & Steve Rigden (National Library of Scotland)

Bringing the past to life will unfold as Ines Byrne and Steve Rigden from the National Library of Scotland describe standards and issues in crowdsourcing the transcription of historic handwritten texts

11:10 Can web archiving the Olympics be an international team effort? Running the Rio Olympics and Paralympics project / Helena Byrne (British Library)

Managing metadata from the present will be explored by Helena Byrne from the British Library, as she describes the global co-ordination of metadata required for harvesting websites for the 2016 Olympics, as part of the International Internet Preservation Coalition’s Rio 2016 web archiving project

11:45 Statistical Accounts of Scotland / Vivienne Mayo (EDINA)

Vivienne Mayo from EDINA describes how information from the past has found a new lease of life in the recently re-launched Statistical Accounts of Scotland

12:20 Lunch

13:20 Beyond bibliographic description: emotional metadata on YouTube / Diane Pennington (University of Strathclyde)

Diane Pennington of Strathclyde University will move beyond the bounds of bibliographic description as she discusses her research about emotions shared by music fans online and how they might be used as metadata for new approaches to search and retrieval

13:55 Our 5Rights: digital rights of children and young people / Dev Kornish, Dan Dickson, Bethany Wilson (5Rights Youth Commission)

Young Scot, Scottish Government and 5Rights introduce Scotland’s 5Rights Youth Commission – a diverse group of young people passionate about their digital rights. We will hear from Dev, Dan and Bethany what their ‘5Rights’ mean to them, and how children and young people can be empowered to access technology, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.

14:30 Break

14:45 Playing with metadata / Gavin Willshaw and Scott Renton (University of Edinburgh)

Learn about Edinburgh University Library’s metadata games platform, a crowdsourcing initiative which has improved descriptive metadata and become a vital engagement tool both within and beyond the library. Hear how they have developed their games in collaboration with Tiltfactor, a Dartmouth College-based research group which explores game design for social change, and learn what they’re doing with crowd-sourced data. There may even be time for you to set a new high score…

15:20 Managing your digital footprint / Nicola Osborne (EDINA)

Nicola Osborne will give tips on how to manage our digital footprint

16:00 Close

For more information and details on how to register, please go to

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh on Wednesday the 5th of April