just a shortish update to bring things up to speed with the status of the ADM8 Project.
Larry and I have been hard at work, trying to get all of the deployment reports in volume 1 finished. We are well on our way, with quite a few reports ready to be checked before they are made live. There does remain some issues with things, for example with the reports from 1689 newly entered officers did not create officer service records, so I need to go through every report and make sure that records are created for all the new officers (who were saved to the database properly).
Another major task is going through the reports- live and not-yet-live and sorting out all the times that it was unclear which ship was specified in a line. In some cases, for example with hired ships where you’ll often have several with the same name, this is very difficult to do properly, especially if mention are years apart and there are no commander’s/master’s names in common. Solving this issue will mean that when researchers look up the records for individual ships, as many records as possible will come up properly. The good news is that the new interfaces for transcription and for viewing reports (and the new database structures) seem to be everything we hoped they would be, in terms of the flexibility of structure and order, which bodes well for future transcription such as the fleet lists that have multiple abstracts.
We do have another feature that we’re working on. Larry and I have identified a number of issues or mistakes with ADM 8 volume 1, including the use of incorrect names for officers, or pages bound in the wrong order. We are in the process of compiling a document that we will publish and update so that researchers can be less confused by ADM 8 volume 1 (and 2) than we have been.
we hope that by the end of the summer, all of ADM 8 volume 1 and a good chunk of volume 2 will be transcribed and live.