Message from the Keeper: October 2019

If I were to produce a word cloud to show the most important things about RoS, at the centre, in the largest, boldest font, would be the word ‘People’. People are at the heart of our commitment to innovate. Whenever we design a new product or look to improve an aspect of our service – such as the recent launch of interactive search-by-map functionality in … Continue reading Message from the Keeper: October 2019

Message from the Keeper: May 2019

Summer is nearly upon us, and as the days have been getting longer I’ve been continuing to meet with stakeholders and discuss the business priorities that matter. May has provided valuable opportunities to continue conversations with customers. There have been several events in May on the back of our successful engagement campaign in the autumn of 2018. This month I was a guest speaker at … Continue reading Message from the Keeper: May 2019

Charting the trend of romantic property names

Blog post by Scott (business administrative assistant) and Fiona (GIS analyst). Here in the Information and Analysis team at Registers of Scotland we extract and analyse data held by our registers and from third party organisations. Some of the data we analyse can provide some interesting insights into how the people of Scotland refer to their homes. We’ve previously told you about how both festive … Continue reading Charting the trend of romantic property names

On our registers: Scottish Rugby, from Inverleith to Murrayfield

With the Six Nations kicking off this week, we wondered how much we could trace the history of Scottish rugby on our registers. The first ever international at Raeburn Place Scotland has a special place in the history of rugby union, with the first ever rugby international played a few miles from our Edinburgh office. It was held at Raeburn Place in Stockbridge; as you … Continue reading On our registers: Scottish Rugby, from Inverleith to Murrayfield

How machine learning could help decode the age of Scotland’s buildings

Marguerite le Riche from our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team was part of the first round of the Scottish Data Science Accelerator Programme, focusing on automatically extracting buildings from historic maps. Here’s what she learnt, and how this could inform future work at Registers of Scotland (RoS). What is the Data Science Accelerator Programme? The Data Science Accelerator Programme is a professional learning and development programme that … Continue reading How machine learning could help decode the age of Scotland’s buildings

Discussing data at the 2018 OSMA summit

Blog post by Alan Howie, Data Architect. What is OSMA and how are we involved? Earlier this month a group of us attended the OSMA summit, a yearly event which brings together all the government organisations that use Ordnance Survey mapping, and addressing data within the One Scotland Mapping Agreement. This year’s event was once again held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. There was a … Continue reading Discussing data at the 2018 OSMA summit