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Re: Old Weather In The News
« Reply #691 on: January 04, 2018, 07:26:46 pm »
Nearly everything we know about the world ocean prior to the satellite era can be linked to a single document type: the ship's logbook. Other primary documents, including muster rolls, field note books, photographs and artwork, often depend on this link for context and interpretation. This project will digitize the logbooks and muster rolls of U.S. naval vessels (1861-1879), and selected related assets between 1801 and 1940. Beyond imaging, we recover geospatial reference, weather and ocean data, and other historical information through Old Weather, our citizen-science program. These data will be suitable for computationally intensive retrospective analysis (reanalysis) systems and for enhancing the discoverability and application of information from the logbooks. Images and data will be integrated into existing national and international data infrastructure. Large-scale manuscript-to-digital data conversion has great potential to foster new scientific and historical understanding and provides enhanced access to our shared maritime and cultural heritage.

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Re: Old Weather In The News
« Reply #692 on: January 04, 2018, 08:00:14 pm »
Congratulations!

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« Reply #693 on: January 04, 2018, 08:06:28 pm »
Well, that should keep us busy for a while!!

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« Reply #694 on: January 04, 2018, 08:09:27 pm »
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I couldn't help but notice:

Project: Seas of Knowledge: Digitization and Retrospective Analysis of the Historical Logbooks of the United States Navy
Award: $482,018

Let's see: split about a dozen ways...  ;D ;D ;D

I had no idea that the digitizing was so expensive.

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« Reply #695 on: January 04, 2018, 09:17:30 pm »
Sweet!  8) 8) 8)

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Re: Old Weather In The News
« Reply #696 on: January 04, 2018, 09:19:05 pm »
When can I expect my cheque?  ;D  ;D  ;D

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Re: Old Weather In The News
« Reply #697 on: January 04, 2018, 09:20:06 pm »
Good news!  :)

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« Reply #698 on: January 04, 2018, 10:24:11 pm »
Great! I really like the phrase 'Seas of Knowledge'

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« Reply #699 on: January 04, 2018, 10:31:36 pm »
It is expensive - about .40 USD per image, with about 90% of that explained by the stipend for student-interns or employees who run the equipment and manage the workflow. So far, nearly all of the people we have had on board were from the University of Maryland Information School; two have gone on to professional positions at the Archives and at the Library of Congress.

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« Reply #700 on: January 04, 2018, 10:33:56 pm »
With this award the joint imaging program is good for 3 more years without seeking additional funding every year. If we could image every logbook in the Archives we'd do it, and this will get us a measurable way to that crazy goal.

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« Reply #701 on: January 04, 2018, 10:39:03 pm »
... two have gone on to professional positions at the Archives and at the Library of Congress.

Naturally!  ;D

I'm so impressed by this project Kevin. Well done for getting this funding. I will enjoy helping to spend nearly half a million dollars  ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #702 on: January 05, 2018, 02:07:13 pm »
Brilliant news, Kevin - well done!  And good news for all of us addicts too ....  ::)


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Re: Old Weather In The News
« Reply #704 on: January 18, 2018, 05:42:28 pm »
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