ScotlandsPeople relaunch hit by new delays

By Jon Bauckham, 27 September 2016 - 4:50pm

A new version of the genealogy website – offering digital access to millions of records held by the National Records of Scotland – has been delayed for the second time in the space of one month

ScotlandsPeople 27 September 2016

The relaunch of the ScotlandsPeople genealogy website has been hit by new delays.

The Government-sponsored service was taken offline on Wednesday 21 September, with maintenance work underway to ensure a new-look version of the site went live by Monday 26 September.

However, in a statement published to the ScotlandsPeople Facebook page yesterday (26 September), representatives from the site said it had not been possible to get the work completed in time.

“While every effort has been made to meet this deadline, it has become apparent that we need a bit more time to test the new site and satisfy ourselves that it is completely ready for launch,” it said.

“We now expect the new ScotlandsPeople website to go live within the next few days.”

The statement also sought to reassure users that all credits, saved images and searches from the old version of the website would still be available to users once they logged in to the new service.

This is not the first time that the relaunch of ScotlandsPeople has been delayed. In August, the National Records of Scotland announced that the site would be taken offline on Wednesday 7 September, with the revamped service available by Monday 12 September.

However, in an email sent to ScotlandsPeople users just one day before the scheduled downtime, it was revealed that this had been postponed to a future date.

The decision to redesign ScotlandsPeople was triggered by the handover of the website to tech firm CACI, which won the contract for running the service after an existing deal with Findmypast ended in 2015.

While an NRS spokesperson told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine earlier this month that they were not in a position to reveal new features of the revamped site, they did say that a number of Scottish genealogists had played an “active role” throughout the testing process.

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