Scotland's Music eCommerce Site

10/05/2007 - 10/01/2008

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Taigh na Teud is the largest sheet music publishers of traditional Scottish music in Scotland, with books widely used for educational purposes in schools, colleges and workshops. The company operates a successful international mail order business from the Isle of Skye, and is keen to maximise the potential of the internet for its existing business and to expand to provide a range of virtual online Scottish traditional music lessons.

The aim of this Business Transfer Partnership (BTP) project is to help the company increase their turnover and profitability by applying best practice in digital media asset management, software engineering, distributed systems and security to create an effective e-commerce and e-learning capability. Alistair Lawson is the lead academic supervisor of this project. As well as having the necessary technical expertise, he has family ties with Skye, a keen interest in traditional Scottish music and in Gaelic culture. The Associate employed to work full-time on this project is Felix Ruthenberg who recently graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computing from Napier University. The project will last for 8 months from September 2007. Felix will be working from both the company’s premises in Skye and from Napier.

Taigh na Teud wanted to explore ways to deliver traditional Scottish music lessons online which, combined with the printed book of lessons they produce, would offer a complete package for music lovers and those interested in learning about the various elements of traditional music
and instruments.  The company was keen to maximise the potential of the internet to provide a range of virtual online Scottish traditional music lessons.

This project is used by Interface as an exemplar project:

Scotland's Music eCommerce Site is a KT Partnership project funded by ScotlandsMusic/Scottish Exec/Highlands & Islands Enterprise. Carried out in collaboration with and others. For further information please refer to .
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Project Team

Alistair Lawson
Associate Professor (Reader)
+44 131 455 2730
Mr Felix Ruthenberg
(not currently an institute member)
Tom McEwan
Senior Lecturer
+44 131 455 2793

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