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Janet Jaguar

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A look back at OW...
« on: December 05, 2013, 10:28:50 pm »
This is a look-see at some of what happens behind the scenes in OW.  The bulk of the conference is nuts and bolts talk, not appropriate for the public boards.  But some of the statements I would like to share with all the volunteers.



The OW PTB had a teleconference this week, and some wonderful things were said of our community.  Philip was giving background info to HQ, so they can better cover what Arfon did with and for us.  (No, the very nice man attending does not have the time to be active on the forum, which is OK with us mods.)

Philip said he frequently reads our ship discussions, things like someone saying "barometer read once every 3 days" explains to him a sudden change in data frequency - something that would take some time to puzzle out alone.  And the instrument comments are also used.  He said we are extremely helpful to data analysis.  And he always takes corrected locations from the edited history - it is makes his job very much easier.  Journey Plot is an amazing way to see that it all makes sense.

Philip added that OW has basically changed world-wide perceptions of how to recover old data in many fields.  Not just in supplying the data, but in making several nations look at our methods for the first time, and want to make any number of old records available by using our procedures.  (Norway and Netherlands have been sending out feelers at conferences.)  He says we should be very proud of what we have achieved.

Mark (the marine archives specialist assigned to us by NARA) sent the edited Rogers' logs to the Archivist of US (the one appointed by and reporting directly to the President) and he was very impressed - wants more of that for all US ships.  Gordon says our work on the Rogers' editing is good enough to be made into a book, if anyone wants to publish it - highly professional quality throughout.  Special thanks from Gordon to Nico.

A really, really nice conference, for me.  ;D

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Re: A look back at OW...
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2013, 10:39:52 pm »
I've been with OW because I enjoy it. It helps to get you through the inevitable tedious bits to know that the work is appreciated and used by the experts.  Don't forget the role of the forum though - I think ours is one of the best, even if anarchy rules at times, and the way the members support each other and each others work should be an example to the other groups.

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Re: A look back at OW...
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2013, 10:40:26 pm »
Sometimes you wonder what's happening to all the work....then you get a report like this and you KNOW what you're doing is right.
Thanks so much for this report Janet, and to all the others in the system that we rarely see/hear from. ;) 8) ;D
« Last Edit: December 05, 2013, 10:50:08 pm by AvastMH »

Helen J

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Re: A look back at OW...
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2013, 10:40:39 pm »
Thanks for sharing this, Janet.  It's great to know that what we've worked our way towards has really changed perceptions of what volunteers can achieve, as well as producing all the weather and historical data.  And giving a lot of people a totally addictive 'hobby'!

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Re: A look back at OW...
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2013, 01:07:17 am »
Thanks for the feedback, Janet.  8)

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Re: A look back at OW...
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2013, 06:26:44 am »
WOW! I knew our work was useful, but I didn't know it was THAT useful!

Thanks a lot for sharing this, Janet - news like this really does drive me on.

And I agree with studentforever - this forum really is awesome, and a great example for other projects.

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Re: A look back at OW...
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2013, 08:08:46 am »
And so say all of us. Thanks Janet.

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Re: A look back at OW...
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2013, 11:27:55 am »
It's great to get good feedback!

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Re: A look back at OW...
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2013, 05:20:17 pm »
Group all of the above together.

It is indeed an honour and a privilege to know and work with all of you.

Please take a bow, folks!!!!



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Re: A look back at OW...
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2013, 06:40:55 pm »
And so say all of us. Thanks Janet.

Ditto! ;D