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Copyright and Terms of Use of SLD Data


The copyright of all digital and printed works produced by Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd (SLD) is owned by SLD. The works include the online Dictionary Of The Scots Language which comprises electronic editions of the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Scottish National Dictionary and their supplements and appendices; the Concise Scots Dictionary; the Essential Scots Dictionary; the Schools Dictionary; and other digital data sets such as word collections and transcriptions.

Terms of Use

Our websites and apps make available parts of that data to you solely for non-commercial research purposes (such as private reference, personal research, background research for authors, and the provision of teaching materials). It is, however, not an open dataset; beyond limited extracts of up to a few hundred words which are necessary for your research or teaching, you may not reproduce, copy or transmit any part of the data on this site without an explicit licence from Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Researchers must ensure that their use of the SLD data does not breach these conditions of use, especially with regards to quantity of data accessed and reproduction or transmission of such data.

We must protect and safeguard the copyright of this data under the conditions of our funders, and also because all royalties and other income from the SLD data are used for postgraduate studentships to support the ongoing work of our editions and projects.

We appreciate being informed about uses of the SLD data in any field – please contact us at info@scotsdictionaries.org.uk.

Downloading SLD Data

Regardless of your purpose, you are not permitted to use this site to gain access to a significant amount of SLD data. Only limited quantities of data can be made available through our websites and apps, although the amount which can be accessed is more than sufficient for almost all research purposes. It is explicitly prohibited to use SLD websites to systematically download large amounts of our data.

Obtaining SLD Data for Research

We are always pleased to discuss the use of SLD in research projects. Should you be involved in a research project which requires a substantial amount of SLD data, please contact us at info@scotsdictionaries.org.uk. On application, we can discuss no-cost research licences for SLD data, providing your purposes do not overlap with an in-progress research project for which a license has already been issued.