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Bob

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Project Updates
« on: February 19, 2017, 08:06:54 pm »
Project Update

The next step for Old Weather transcribing is almost ready for wide release. We're still tweaking some things and will be doing a full test run on one of the Bear log sets soon to work the bugs out of the process. In the meantime, here is an introduction to what we have. Let's call it OW:Next for now.

What It Is

OW:Next is a system for connecting transcribers with the logs, providing a software tool for transcribing the pages, and a means for transferring the data and tracking the work. The transcribing tool is a LibreOffice Calc spreadsheet, specially formatted for each log set, with automated features for working with the log page images. OW:Next keeps the existing forum as the central place for interacting with the project. Creating it, maintaining it and operating it are in the hands of the participants.

What It Is Not

OW:Next is not a one-stop web interface like previous iterations of the Old Weather project. It does not (yet) fully automate all the steps in the transcribing process. While we've tried to make this new system as accessible as possible, it might not be everyone's cup of tea at this point.

Getting Involved

If you're ready to roll up your sleeves a bit, install some software (free), and get down to more of a nuts-and-bolts type of transcribing experience, then let us know. You can post here on the forum or send us (the Moderators) a PM. Knowing the interest level will help us plan the wider roll-out.

Getting Started

We have a series of How-To presentations:

Installation and Setup
Using the Spreadsheet
Transcribing Hints, Tips and Tricks
Uploading the Data

You can have a look at these to get a feel for how things work. We're in the process of putting together a simple centralized site with basic introductory information and links. It is currently hosted here, and although the content is a work in progress, it gives you an idea of the project organization.

Stay tuned for more news. As always, you can ask any questions or post comments here in the forum!

Bob

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Re: Project Updates
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 01:05:26 pm »
A quick status update :

We've received detailed feedback from the science team after they've had a chance to work with the beta-test and dry-run data that's been accumulated so far. The general conclusion is that the system should work well, but there are some details that need to be attended to, mostly related to things like events tagging and data format. We'll be getting the recommended changes in place and tested, followed by another round of science team review. After that, we could be ready for a wider roll-out.  ;)

Thanks to everyone that's helped with the testing so far. We'll be in a bit of a hiatus while the updates are made, but we'll post here when we're ready for the next dry run.

Stay tuned!

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Re: Project Updates
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 06:03:54 pm »
That's encouraging news, Bob. Thank you for all you have done with this new capture system.  8) 8) 8)

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Re: Project Updates
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2017, 06:13:02 pm »
Indeed!

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Re: Project Updates
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2017, 07:22:37 pm »
Ready and waiting Bob  :D

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Re: Project Updates
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2017, 12:16:09 am »
The Old Weather home page now has a 'Resources' button. I've put our imager manual there, but can put more important links to other things above that too. Can also change the name to 'push this button!'

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Re: Project Updates
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2017, 01:49:42 am »
Nice!