We’re very pleased to be able to share the news that the first update of our website is now live at maps.mappingthescottishreformation.org. Thanks to the generous feedback of our users across the world, the updated Mapping the Scottish Reformation site includes a number of improvements, bug fixes, and new features that should make it more useful and easier to use.
While we wanted version 1.1 to be an opportunity to respond to feedback and crush some bugs, we have also added a few features that were not quite ready for version 1.0. Chief among these features was the ability to download search results. Each map now includes a ‘Download results’ button that will export the data on the map into a JSON file.
In version 1.1, the Education map is more powerful: allowing users to search for approximate graduation dates, and the amount of time between graduation and a minister’s first appointment. To give you a deeper insight into this data, we have added some new aggregations to the bottom of the search bar: showing the years in which most ministers graduated, the average time between graduation and entering the ministry, and even the average distance travelled between a minister’s university and his first parish in kilometres.
We’ve also added a range of usability enhancements: from making the lines on the Journeys and Education maps thicker, adding manual Zoom controls to each map, to organising lists of names by last name, rather than first name.
Version 1.1 of Mapping the Scottish Reformation is the culmination of Stages 1 and 2 of the project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Strathmartine Trust, respectively. We have parsed over ten thousand pages of manuscript material, and tracked the careers of 654 ministers and over 400 of their wives in the region of Lothian and Tweeddale. Our website has attracted over sixteen hundred unique visitors since launching in December 2020.
As Stage 3 beckons, here is a full list of the changes we’ve made to v.1.1 of our website:
– Added an introductory message and guide video for first-time visitors, narrated by our friend and fellow Scottish historian, the inimitable Jamie Reid Baxter
– Added a guide video to the ‘About’ page
– Increased weight for lines in the Journeys and Education maps
– Rearranged all lists of names: now organised by last name
– Added a data download function to each map
– All new search options in the Education map
– All-new calculations in the Education tab: graduations, distances, appointment
– Fixed some data errors in the Education map
– Fixed some data errors in the Journeys map
– Default map tile changed from ‘Historic’ to ‘Modern’
– Map attribution has been moved and is no longer obscured by the search bar
– Added zoom control buttons to each map
Thank you for all of your suggestions and support. We are particularly grateful to our Advisory Board, the Interactive Content team at the University of Edinburgh, and Chris Fleet, maps curator at National Library Scotland, for their essential feedback on version 1.0 of the site.