The Annotator is an innovative and interactive tool developed at CREATe to allow users to browse a
sample of pages from Edwin Morgan’s Scrapbook 12. The Scrapbook was created between 1954 and
1960 and there are 18 pages available to view. On each page, clicking on individual items bring up
more information, such as the creator and source (if known), the rights status and a risk level.
Viewing by Risk Level
The pages can also be viewed through a risk filter at the top of the site: this will show the items
which are low, medium or high risk. This risk level has been calculated by taking into account the
copyright status of the item. For example, anything which is out of copyright, has been cleared for
use or is too insubstantial to attract copyright protection is Low (or No) risk. Medium risk items are
typically cuttings which are believed to be in copyright but no information can be found on the
rightholder and high risk items are still in copyright, with an identifiable rightholder.
Using the filter shows how many of the items are visible when using a risk-based approach to rights
clearance, underlining the benefits of taking a robust approach to risk so that more of a collection is
available to view.
How to Use
Choose the double page you wish to look at by selecting pages from the dropdown menu at the top
left of the page. You can click on individual items to find out more about each one.
You can select the tick box to view the scrapbook under the risk filter, or untick to view without the
filter. Use the slider to show what is visible if you have a low, medium or high appetite for risk.
If you would like to see this Scrapbook in real life, or any other items from Edwin Morgan’s personal
archive, please contact Archives & Special Collections
in The University of Glasgow Library.