Hi folks...here's more about the day on Monday. I'd be very grateful if you could think and, if you wish, comment on their website with reference to the capitalized questions below
The whole day was an event called
'The Secret Life of a Weather Datum'
Here is the blog for the web site launch: https://secretlifeofdata.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/web-site-online-launch/
"On the 16th March we are hosting an end-of-project event at the Information School in Sheffield. Participants include representatives from academic research, education, citizen science and more: http://lifeofdata.org.uk/category/news/
This blog features information about Sheffield's AirQuality study, how to build a raspberry pi weather station, and a quick mention about Joan Arthur talking about her experiences collecting weather data on OldWeather.
Very cleverly they have used a map similar to the London Underground map to illustrate the differing elements of a weather datum's life. You will find that each 'station' covers different aspects and its information page has room for you to comment on the details given. OldWeather has such a page. You will find several comments about OldWeather including this very kind one: 'This is a fascinating project, but I feel that the complexity and value of the work that the volunteers are doing should mean that they get some form of payment for their time and hard work.' However you will find that both HelenJ and I were of a different mind to the writer in terms of the purity of the project. PLEASE FEEL WELCOME TO ADD YOUR THOUGHTS HERE: http://lifeofdata.org.uk/node/old-weather
Interestingly a later group meeting on Monday led to a question of what extra could be provided to the OldWeather transcribers, for example maps of the ships' journeys. Andrew Prescott (@Ajprescott), Digital humanities enthusiast at University of Glasgow. AHRC Digital Transformations fellow, rapidly mentioned that we do have those already. His knowledge of OldWeather was impressive! I MENTIONED THAT WE MIGHT perhaps see more of the weather information being drawn together from our transcriptions, but reflecting upon this later that day, in my heart I don't think that we would want to draw more information from our hard-pressed scientists. We want them to get the planet saved rather than entertain us. The news we get from them is enough for me. SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE MORE THOUGHTS ON THAT. Please do pop them into http://lifeofdata.org.uk/node/old-weather
HelenJ and I both gave interviews to Paula Goodale (leading this project) and you can hear those here:https://archive.org/details/1407100052InterviewOW01a/b
(Helen's, about an hour)
(Joan's, about a half hour)
I look forward to your thoughts on the map and the OldWeather node