FS Fives: Wednesday, July 20

Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s lunchtime round-up of Scottish digital news, featuring St Andrews University, Routeshoot, the CivTech Challenge and Scotcoin.

First up, researchers from St Andrews University and the Presidency University in West Bengal are working on the digitisation of a cemetary in Kolkata. Using a GIS (geographic information system) map of the cemetery and data analysis, the team aims to explore the rich socio-cultural and economic legacy of Scotland in Bengal and vice versa. “From trade, law, education to politics, Scots have had a significant influence in shaping the city and West Bengal,” said Presidency University’s lead researcher Souvik Mukherjee. Among those buried there is Andrew Yule, founder of the textiles, tea and engineering company.

Video-capturing software for safer roads

Next, software that enables users to capture video footage enhanced with GPS using a smartphone or tablet attached to the dashboard of a vehicle is to be used on Scotland’s roads. Exeter-based RouteShoot is providing a cloud-hosted video and mapping content management system for safety patrols and route inspections to PAGplus, which delivers detailed road audits and monitoring on behalf of Transport Scotland to monitor contractor performance.

A9 to become information superhighway

Still on the road, the A9 could become an information superhighway (remember that?) under new plans to upgrade digital connections and facilities for visitors. Motorists could soon benefit from high-speed mobile signals and new technology aimed at promoting the tourism sector between Inverness and Perth. The upgrades would be delivered by the Scottish Government-backed CivTech Challenge alongside the ongoing £3bn dualling scheme.

Scotcoin: A local cryptocurrency

“The thing about the Scotcoin is that people will be interested in it simply because it contains the word ‘Scot’. It encourages localism as people are more likely to trade locally if they are using the Scotcoin. By trading locally we keep our wealth local. Global cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin concentrate wealth in just a few hands, much like any global currency. If we assume that economic activity is good because we are using Scotcoin, people will be more likely to buy Scottish produce. By trading locally we also progress in making the world a greener environment as less shipping and importation is involved.” Scotcoin project director Willie Fleming interviewed by CommonSpace.

And finally…the software that could have saved Melania Drumpf from her plagiarism debacle.

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