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Ice Hunting / Cold War Group: Westwind - Where was this ship?
« on: June 24, 2017, 01:48:04 am »
For this set of records we need very simple information for a first pass.

Tracking Arctic journeys:
We need to know which log books contain journeys to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or from the Arctic, including, unusually, those made during winter months.
Kevin has suggested that we consider anything beyond 55 N as being in the Arctic. However, it appears that 45 N may be a better choice for the Atlantic; please use that for now.

Purpose:
Our long-range goal is to map the edge of the Arctic ice both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific.
Our short-range goal is to locate the useful log books so that we can go back for more details.
Kevin has asked if we can break the work down in this way.

Ship's logs:
Here sometimes one block oflogs contains several months. You don't need to sign up for the whole block. Just specify the month or months that you want. Please report the location on a monthly basis.

Other sources:
You can also look through these references to see if a list of the journeys has already been transcribed:
Westwind (WAG/ WAGB-281) CG Historian and Old Weather-NHN from 1/1/1951 to 3/31/1956

Details to report:
1) The year, the months when your ship was on a journey to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or on its way home from the Arctic, and whether it was in the Atlantic or Pacific.
2) If your log has a page specifying the journeys or you found a list elsewhere, please report that finding.
3) There is no need to record the presence or absence of ice.

Below is the list of logs.
Pop a note in this topic to offer to take a set of logs, and then post your results in this topic as well.

It's as simple as that at this stage. Thank you.

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Ice Hunting / Cold War Group: Edisto - Where was this ship?
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:05:03 pm »
For this set of records we need very simple information for a first pass.

Tracking Arctic journeys:
We need to know which log books contain journeys to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or from the Arctic, including, unusually, those made during winter months.
Kevin has suggested that we consider anything beyond 55 N as being in the Arctic. However, it appears that 45 N may be a better choice for the Atlantic; please use that for now.

Purpose:
Our long-range goal is to map the edge of the Arctic ice both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific.
Our short-range goal is to locate the useful log books so that we can go back for more details.
Kevin has asked if we can break the work down in this way.

Other sources:
You can also look through these references to see if a list of the journeys has already been transcribed:
Edisto I (AG-89) DANFS and Old Weather-NHN from 3/1/1947 to 10/31/1952.

Details to report:
1) The year, the months when your ship was on a journey to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or on its way home from the Arctic, and whether it was in the Atlantic or Pacific.
2) If your log has a page specifying the journeys or you found a list elsewhere, please report that finding.
3) There is no need to record the presence or absence of ice.

Below is the list of logs.
Pop a note in this topic to offer to take a set of logs, and then post your results in this topic as well.

It's as simple as that at this stage. Thank you.

3
Ice Hunting / Cold War Group: Staten Island - Where was this ship?
« on: June 23, 2017, 04:51:16 pm »
For this set of records we need very simple information for a first pass.

Tracking Arctic journeys:
We need to know which log books contain journeys to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or from the Arctic, including, unusually, those made during winter months.
Kevin has suggested that we consider anything beyond 55 N as being in the Arctic. However, it appears that 45 N may be a better choice for the Atlantic; please use that for now.

Purpose:
Our long-range goal is to map the edge of the Arctic ice both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific.
Our short-range goal is to locate the useful log books so that we can go back for more details.
Kevin has asked if we can break the work down in this way.

Ship's logs:
Note that in some cases the Deck Log -- Title Page or a similar page will tell you where the ship started and finished. Sometimes that will give you sufficient information. However, in this case, all you can see that the ship was not in the Arctic at the beginning of the month and it ended the month "ENROUTE." You need to look at the last page. The positions there tell you that the ship finished the month in the Arctic (by the definition above).

Other sources:
You can also look through these references to see if a list of the journeys has already been transcribed:
Staten Island DANFS and Old Weather-NHN from 4/1/1952 to 12/31/1955.

Details to report:
1) The year, the months when your ship was on a journey to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or on its way home from the Arctic, and whether it was in the Atlantic or Pacific.
2) If your log has a page specifying the journeys or you found a list elsewhere, please report that finding.
3) There is no need to record the presence or absence of ice.

Below is the list of logs.
Pop a note in this topic to offer to take a set of logs, and then post your results in this topic as well.

It's as simple as that at this stage. Thank you.

4
Ice Hunting / Cold War Group: Storis - Where was this ship?
« on: June 23, 2017, 03:25:05 am »
For this set of records we need very simple information for a first pass.

Tracking Arctic journeys:
We need to know which log books contain journeys to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or from the Arctic, including, unusually, those made during winter months.
Kevin has suggested that we consider anything beyond 55 N as being in the Arctic. However, it appears that 45 N may be a better choice for the Atlantic; please use that for now.

Purpose:
Our long-range goal is to map the edge of the Arctic ice both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific.
Our short-range goal is to locate the useful log books so that we can go back for more details.
Kevin has asked if we can break the work down in this way.

Ship's logs:
Here the logs are grouped by the year. You don't need to sign up for the whole year. Just specify the month or months that you want. Please report the location on a monthly basis.

Other sources:
You can also look through this reference to see if a list of the journeys has already been transcribed:
Storis (WMEC-38/ WAGB-38/ WAG-38/ WAGL-38 ) CG Historian from 1/1/1946 to 12/31/1955

Details to report:
1) The year, the months when your ship was on a journey to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or on its way home from the Arctic, and whether it was in the Atlantic or Pacific.
2) If your log has a page specifying the journeys or you found a list elsewhere, please report that finding.
3) There is no need to record the presence or absence of ice.

Below is the list of logs.
Pop a note in this topic to offer to take a set of logs, and then post your results in this topic as well.

It's as simple as that at this stage. Thank you.

5
Ice Hunting / Cold War Group: Northwind - Where was this ship?
« on: June 20, 2017, 03:18:33 am »
For this set of records we need very simple information for a first pass.

Tracking Arctic journeys:
We need to know which log books contain journeys to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or from the Arctic, including, unusually, those made during winter months.
Kevin has suggested that we consider anything beyond 55 N as being in the Arctic. However, it appears that 45 N may be a better choice for the Atlantic; please use that for now.

Purpose:
Our long-range goal is to map the edge of the Arctic ice both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific.
Our short-range goal is to locate the useful log books so that we can go back for more details.
Kevin has asked if we can break the work down in this way.

Ship's logs:
Here the logs are grouped by the year. You don't need to sign up for the whole year. Just specify the month or months that you want. Please report the location on a monthly basis.

Other sources:
You can also look through these references to see if a list of the journeys has already been transcribed:
Northwind (WAG / WAGB-282) CG Historian and Old Weather-NHN from 1/1/1946 to 3/31/1956

Details to report:
1) The year, the months when your ship was on a journey to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or on its way home from the Arctic, and whether it was in the Atlantic or Pacific.
2) If your log has a page specifying the journeys or you found a list elsewhere, please report that finding.
3) There is no need to record the presence or absence of ice.

Below is the list of logs.
Pop a note in this topic to offer to take a set of logs, and then post your results in this topic as well.

It's as simple as that at this stage. Thank you.

6
Ice Hunting / Cold War Group: Eastwind - Where was this ship?
« on: June 19, 2017, 06:40:52 pm »
For this set of records we need very simple information for a first pass.

Tracking Arctic journeys:
We need to know which log books contain journeys to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or from the Arctic, including, unusually, those made during winter months.
Kevin has suggested that we consider anything beyond 55 N as being in the Arctic. However, it appears that 45 N may be a better choice for the Atlantic; please use that for now.

Purpose:
Our long-range goal is to map the edge of the Arctic ice both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific.
Our short-range goal is to locate the useful log books so that we can go back for more details.
Kevin has asked if we can break the work down in this way.

Ship's logs:
Here the logs are grouped by the year. You don't need to sign up for the whole year. Just specify the month or months that you want. Please report the location on a monthly basis.

Other sources:
You can also look through these references to see if a list of the journeys has already been transcribed:
Eastwind (WAG- / WAGB-279) CG Historian and Old Weather-NHN from 6/1/1944 to 12/1/1956

Details to report:
1) The year, the months when your ship was on a journey to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or on its way home from the Arctic, and whether it was in the Atlantic or Pacific.
2) If your log has a page specifying the journeys or you found a list elsewhere, please report that finding.
3) There is no need to record the presence or absence of ice.

Below is the list of logs.
Pop a note in this topic to offer to take a set of logs, and then post your results in this topic as well.

It's as simple as that at this stage. Thank you.

7
Ice Hunting / Cold War Group: Burton Island - Where was this ship?
« on: June 18, 2017, 03:24:18 am »
For this set of records we need very simple information for a first pass.

Tracking Arctic journeys:
We need to know which log books contain journeys to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or from the Arctic, including, unusually, those made during winter months.
Kevin has suggested that we consider anything beyond 55 N as being in the Arctic. However, it appears that 45 N may be a better choice for the Atlantic; please use that for now.

Purpose:
Our long-range goal is to map the edge of the Arctic ice both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific.
Our short-range goal is to locate the useful log books so that we can go back for more details.
Kevin has asked if we can break the work down in this way.

Ship's logs:
Note that in some cases the Deck Log -- Title Page or a similar page will tell you where the ship started and finished.
In this case, you can see that the ship was on its way to the Arctic or in the Arctic, so there is no need to look through the log book pages.

Other sources:
You can also look through these references to see if a list of the journeys has already been transcribed:
Burton Island (AG-88 and AGB-1) DANFS and Old Weather-NHN from 12/1/1946 to 12/31/1955.

Details to report:
1) The year, the months when your ship was on a journey to the Arctic, in the Arctic, or on its way home from the Arctic, and whether it was in the Atlantic or Pacific.
2) If your log has a page specifying the journeys or you found a list elsewhere, please report that finding.
3) There is no need to record the presence or absence of ice.

Below is the list of logs.
Pop a note in this topic to offer to take a set of logs, and then post your results in this topic as well.

It's as simple as that at this stage. Thank you.

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Welcome to Northland (1927) and a new phase of Old Weather.

As before, this topic is for asking questions and sharing information.
Now it will also be used to help coordinate transcriptions as we develop the new system.



Links to log books:
Links to first pages of log books



You may find some useful background information in Northland -- Reference: Transcription Example and Log Description.
However the transcribing instructions no longer apply.

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Help / Questions, comments, and helpful hints
« on: May 30, 2017, 12:38:19 am »
What needs to be added to the Guide?

What is incorrect or unclear?

10
Help / Guide
« on: May 29, 2017, 11:37:29 pm »
Thanks to everyone for advice and especially to Caro for getting this started and editing it ;)





OW:Next

To take part, you need to download and install LibreOffice.

The latest versions of LibreOffice are available here: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/
You have a choice of:
Fresh 211 MB
Still 213 MB
Some LibreOffice users find the 'still' version to be more stable (or 'mature', like a lot of us here).
Although LibreOffice versions are available for MacOS and Linux, the current version of the spreadsheet only works on Microsoft Windows.

Bob's detailed instructions for downloading and installing LibreOffice and setting up the spreadsheet:



Downloading and opening a log page

On the Log Page tab:

Click in cell B1 and type the number of the image you have chosen to transcribe (from the Tracker).
Press Enter or Return on your keyboard. This is important.

Click the 'Browser Download' button.
In the dialog box that opens on a new tab, choose Save File, and OK.
You will not get a dialog if you have the Always Ask option turned off in your browser settings.
Check that the download has taken place, then return to the spreadsheet. You can close the blank tab of course.
 
Click the 'Open Local File' button.
The image of the log page will be loaded into the spreadsheet.



Alignment

Occasionally, you will see a page that is slanted.



In this case, use the 'Adjust Angle' arrows to rotate the image (clockwise or counterclockwise) so that the red grid lines are parallel to the printed grid lines.



Hint: Do this before adjusting the horizontal and vertical position of the grid on the page (below).


You will rarely see size problems with the red grid, but sometimes it is offset from the printed grid.



This can easily be fixed by dragging the spreadsheet column separator between columns B and C to move the red grid to the correct horizontal alignment and/or by dragging the spreadsheet column separator between rows 4 and 5 to move the red grid to the correct vertical alignment.
The cursor will change to a left-right arrow ↔ when your cursor is in the right place to do this.



You can also drag the spreadsheet column and row separators (A, B, C ... 1, 2, 3 etc at the top and left-hand side) to fine tune positions of individual red grid lines.



Transcribing

Please note that ONLY data entered in a marked box will be saved. The marked boxes are:
  • red for Weather records
  • magenta for Location (the Position of Record) and Date
  • green for Events

You can open a simple image of the log page(s) by clicking the 'Open In Browser' button. This will open the JPG image in your default browser.
You may find this handy for reference.

You will notice that the transcribing box becomes opaque when you begin to type.
This is a feature of the spreadsheet that we just have to live with.
If you find you have forgotten what you were typing half way through, press 'Enter', check the information again, then double click the box to open it and complete your entry.
Double click any completed cell to open it for correction.

An XML file is generated when the 'Write Data' button is clicked on completion of transcribing a page.
Use a program like WordPad or NotePad to open the file if you want to check whether the data you entered has been saved.



Weather records

Enter the weather records in the red grid.



The hours, 1am-12noon and 1pm-12midnight, have been filled for you.

You should transcribe any information that appears in a red box.
Simply click in the box, note the value in the box, because it will disappear as soon as you start to type, and then type in the value.
In this example you should transcribe:
- Wind: Direction
- Wind: Force
- Barometer: Height in Inches
- Temperature: Air Dry Bulb
- Temperature: Air Wet Bulb
- Temperature: Water at Surface
- State of the Weather by Symbols
- Clouds: Forms of by Symbols
- Clouds: Amount Scale 0 to 10

There are no red boxes for Reading of Patent Log, Distance Knots and Tenths, or Courses Steered by Standard Compass, so there is no need to transcribe them.
Data transcribed in these columns will not be saved.



You can enter the data by rows (press the Tab key after entering the data) or by columns (press the Enter key after entering the data).
You can enter the data in random order if you really want to do so.

Although previous Old Weather interfaces used row-based order, many transcribers requested column-based order.
Column-based order is very convenient for cut and paste and mapurves has created macros to duplicate the entry one (CopyDown 1 ) or two (CopyDown2) lines above the cursor.
To use these two macros, you will need to assign shortcut keys to them.
Open the Tools drop-down menu and select Customize.
Go to the Keyboard tab and in the Category box, select LibreOfficeMacros | Bear*.ods | Standard | Extensions.
Then in the Functions box select CopyDown1.
Select an entry from the Shortcut Keys box, for example Alt+1, and then click Modify.
Select CopyDown2 in the Functions box and repeat the shortcut key assignment.

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Reference Desk / Sea Ice Types - Comments
« on: May 08, 2017, 06:15:32 pm »
Many thanks to coldcounter of PenguinWatch for popping me a note about this short video about Dragon Scale sea ice from Australia Broadcasting:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-06/scientists-study-rare-dragon-ice-in-antarctica/8503464

This strange sea ice formation has not been seen since 2007.

Many thanks to Joan ;)

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Ice Hunting / Phase One - Arctic Frontier
« on: May 02, 2017, 01:36:07 am »
Bear

Northland

Thetis
Completed during OW3




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Old Weather Magazine / U. S. National Archives
« on: April 10, 2017, 04:44:51 am »
Commemorating the Great War

April 6, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. As the largest repository of American World War I records, the National Archives holds a wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in this conflict, including photographs, documents, audiovisual recordings, educational resources, articles, blog posts, lectures, and exhibits.

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Interface Development / Helpful Hints
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:58:57 pm »
Bob - feel free to move or rename this ;)



Don't forget that you can change the Scale (Setup tab) while working on a page.
I just "zoomed in" to work on the events page and to check my weather transcription.

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Bear / Bear (1914) -- Crew and other people mentioned
« on: February 21, 2017, 02:00:47 am »
Entries in this topic are strictly optional.
Information collected here will help other transcribers, historians and genealogists.



Lists of Officers:



Helpful sources:

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