As this is the first newsletter we've sent out to our volunteers, firstly we'd like to say a big thank-you for signing up to participate in this project. We're very grateful to each and every one of you for your contributions, whether large or small. We couldn't do this without you.
Secondly, there are three new online resources to help your work:
Use our separate support site. This holds frequently asked questions, a detailed GB1900 tutorial and various short articles about different aspects of progress on the project, but if you can't find an answer there already, you can use it to send us questions:
Download and use GB1900 data. We have just made available a snapshot of all the raw data collected by GB1900 so far. It is pulled directly from the site, and not edited at all. We will also be producing tidied up versions, but not until transcription work is complete. Anyone can download and use the snapshot as they wish, but please note it is a very large file:
Thirdly a few pointers for those new volunteers amongst you. Don't worry if you've already made some of these errors without realising, please just try to follow the guidance in future:
Please transcribe the text exactly as it appears on the map. e.g. If it is an abbreviation type in the abbreviation, if it in capitals type the text in capitals, etc. it makes the text entered by different volunteers easier to match.
Please do not transcribe text with numbers in which relate to altitude or area as this data can be obtained elsewhere, i.e. Benchmarks or B.M., Acres, contour heights, and surface of water areas.
For milestones just enter the M.S., and do not include the names or distances to nearby places.
Whilst we appreciate some volunteers are interested in a particular landscape feature and choose to focus on transcribing them, we would encourage volunteers to try to do all the text in an area before moving on.