1. Implementation procedure
2. Implementation's characteristics
The project is based on an “E-activity” platform, but it’s being endorsed by a range of American and British public institutions (listed below) providing documentation for the study. Central to the project is the “citizen scientist” idea promoting citizens’ active participation in academic research. A user’s role is to analyse and enter into the computer system the received scans of 19th-centrury ships’ logs created by captains (mainly on American ships) to record the weather on a given day in given locations. The latter are, subsequently, pinpointed by users through a special plug-in offered by the Google Maps application integrated to the service.
Old Weather also features social elements and a “career path” allowing users to collect points and take next steps up in the career ladder analogical to the hierarchy once underlying the navies of Anglo-Saxon countries.
You advance by contributing your work to the project, i.e. transcribing ships’ logs. With every page, you are granted points and make progress, also by receiving ever more complex materials for analysis. Also, there is the possibility of peer verification within a special forum integrated to the website.
3. Detailed description categories
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|A communication - an indication of all the media and dissemination||
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|Service's/Application's integration to social networking sites||
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4. Service's/Application's integration with social networking sites
|number of fans: 784|
|number of followers: 692, number of tweets: 244|
5. Screen gallery
Homepage << Strona główna >>
Tutorial’s page << Strona tutorialu >>
View of a user’s newly-created account << Konto użytkownika tuż po założeniu >>
List of ships whose logs can be transcribed. Ships are labelled with symbols of flags under which they sailed and stars indicating the level of difficulty of a given material << Lista okrętów, których dzienniki można przepisywać. Okręty oznaczone są wg bandery pod jaką pływały oraz poziomu trudności transkrypcji (il. gwiazdek) >>