Data Mapping Project funded by ARA

Single dataset for Scottish Business Archives will inform other areasof strategy 

In late 2011 the National Strategy of Business Archives in Scotland was awarded £3,000 by the Archives and Records Association from their research and advocacy fund to carry out a data mapping project of Scottish Business Archive Collections.

The Report is available here.


The data mapping project aimed to create a single consistent and clarified dataset for business archive collections in Scotland that would provide improved and flexible information for creators, custodians and users of business archives.


The focus was on the verification of data about known business archive collections to inform the National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland. The results of this data collation were analysed to provide information that will inform many other areas of the strategy and we have created a project methodology to share with partner organisations in the rest of the UK.


The Scottish project worked with data output from the business index of the National Register of Archives relating to the records of businesses in Scotland as well as businesses operating elsewhere, but whose records are in Scottish repositories. Naturally, the project brought to light some errors and inconsistencies in the data and this has enabled the information in the NRA to be updated and refreshed as a result.