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Interface Development / Project Updates
« on: February 19, 2017, 08:06:54 pm »
Project Update

The next step for Old Weather transcribing is almost ready for wide release. We're still tweaking some things and will be doing a full test run on one of the Bear log sets soon to work the bugs out of the process. In the meantime, here is an introduction to what we have. Let's call it OW:Next for now.

What It Is

OW:Next is a system for connecting transcribers with the logs, providing a software tool for transcribing the pages, and a means for transferring the data and tracking the work. The transcribing tool is a LibreOffice Calc spreadsheet, specially formatted for each log set, with automated features for working with the log page images. OW:Next keeps the existing forum as the central place for interacting with the project. Creating it, maintaining it and operating it are in the hands of the participants.

What It Is Not

OW:Next is not a one-stop web interface like previous iterations of the Old Weather project. It does not (yet) fully automate all the steps in the transcribing process. While we've tried to make this new system as accessible as possible, it might not be everyone's cup of tea at this point.

Getting Involved

If you're ready to roll up your sleeves a bit, install some software (free), and get down to more of a nuts-and-bolts type of transcribing experience, then let us know. You can post here on the forum or send us (the Moderators) a PM. Knowing the interest level will help us plan the wider roll-out.

Getting Started

We have a series of How-To presentations:

Installation and Setup
Using the Spreadsheet
Transcribing Hints, Tips and Tricks
Uploading the Data

You can have a look at these to get a feel for how things work. We're in the process of putting together a simple centralized site with basic introductory information and links. It is currently hosted here, and although the content is a work in progress, it gives you an idea of the project organization.

Stay tuned for more news. As always, you can ask any questions or post comments here in the forum!

I ran across this little gem when I was trawling Google for something else, and didn't see anything obvious about it in any other forum posts:

"A method for classifying offences and punishments on board vessels of the U.S. Navy, with directions as to good-conduct lists, badges, and discharges, and as to liberty on shore and liberty money"

It has a description of the conduct class system, along with a comprehensive list of offenses and a table of suggested punishments for 'infliction' by the ship's commander. It's a short read at eleven pages, but has a lot of items that will be familiar to anyone who has spent any time reading through the USS Jamestown comment pages.

Old Weather Magazine / History Gone By the Board
« on: August 15, 2015, 01:24:54 pm »
It would be fun to do a daily blog riffing on the background of interesting items found in the logs while transcribing. There are certainly enough of them, all I need is the extra two (or three or twenty) hours a day for rummaging around the Internet...  :P

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