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.