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Vraic Beard

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Hello from newbie
« on: May 12, 2014, 03:43:48 pm »
Hello There,
 I realise I have got stuck in, where as I should have joined the forum and learnt the ropes first. Apologies if I have made extra work for anyone. I will be returning to my attempts over the next few days to check them thoroughly and I'm sure I'll have some questions. I'm reading up on general dos and don't s as well as the ship specific guides, to improve my contributions. I have tackled 7 log pages over five ships, which seems rather stupid now! ::)
Regards to all
VB

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Re: Hello from newbie
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014, 03:55:45 pm »
You are welcome, VB.
Take your time! If you have questions, just post them in this section, or you can ask a moderator to check your transcriptions.
We hope you enjoy the project and that you come back to visit the forum often.

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Re: Hello from newbie
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2014, 05:42:00 pm »
No apology needed, Vraic Beard.  We are always glad to help. :)

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Re: Hello from newbie
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2014, 05:54:10 pm »
Welcome to the forum family, VB

No problem! Both the moderators and the experienced transcribers are happy to help.
This project can be pretty challenging at the beginning.

Here is a comment from Philip Brohan, the head of the UK Science team:
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We knew these logs were going to be quite a bit harder than the ones we're used to, and we've had some serious debates in the science team about whether it was worth the effort. But we are in no doubt - these are the logs we need to be looking at - we're not inflicting all this trouble on you for no reason.

If you've got 48 seconds to spare, watch the video at http://vimeo.com/43723075. It's a bit frenetic (and it goes backwards in time) but it does show the observations that we've currently got - that's what we're using to understand how the climate varies and changes over decades and centuries. If you look at the North Pacific, you'll see that in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries there are almost no observations, and that's a big problem - Pacific climate variability matters to a lot of people. That's why Kevin is currently shivering up in the Chukchi sea and it's why we're asking you to battle with these more challenging logs. We need these observations even more than we needed the RN WW1 ones.

When we did the Royal Navy logs we knew what they all looked like when we started building the website. The US logs are older, more variable, and we're finding the logs and building the website at the same time. This makes Arfon and Stuart's job much harder, and that makes it harder for us all. It will get better - but it's always going to be a different challenge from the old version.

So there's a strong science payoff for all the hassle, and almost certainly some fascinating new stories and history - certainly I'm expecting more strange and unexpected events to occur in these logs. Remember also that it's not a race - relax: if the site's misbehaving, knock off for a tot of rum (or a Devon cream tea), it'll still be there when you return. And rest assured that we hear what you're saying and we're trying hard to put up lots of really interesting and valuable logs, and to knock the bugs out of the user interface.

Philip

Some people like to do multiple ships, but I generally prefer to do one at time. If you haven't already, you might want to look at: Going straight to your favourite ship

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Re: Hello from newbie
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2014, 06:13:28 pm »
Thank you Janet and Randi  :)