Our goal is to extract structured data from over 9 million pieces of weather observations captured at McGill's observatory since 1863. We need your help to transcribe all that information!
Take a moment to watch the tutorial video below before getting started.
If you need to go over one of the steps we have broken up the transcription process into 5 steps outlined below the transcription video.
When you are ready, sign in and click on Transcribe to begin transcribing a page!
Step 1: Verify Page Metadata
- Check the date. The date is written on the top, right-hand side of the logbook.
- If date is wrong, then click the box next to “Wrong Date?” and enter in the proper date in the rectangle that will appear once that box is checked.
- Count the number of entries (rows) per date, and pick that number from the drop-down menu under “Number of Observations.”
- The rows correspond with a time. Generally, there is one entry every three hours, starting at 1:48AM.
- Once done, click “Submit Metadata and Start Transcribing”.
Note: If you have a logbook with Sums and Means rows, just ignore those rows. Do not include them when counting the number of observations, and when entering observation data.
Note: Sundays generally only have three entries.
Step 2: Set Up Your Transcription Environment
- If needed, you can reposition the Time Column Guide and the Column Label Guide so that the text is clear.
- Click “Transcribe” in the left-hand corner to begin.
- A pop-up will appear with tabs that should match up with the headings/labels in the logbook (ex: Anemometer, Barometer, etc).
- The transcription box is movable.
Step 3: Changing the Date & Time
- Click on the first tab (ex: Anemometer).
- Pick the date and time from the drop-down menu by clicking the clock icon.
- The dates entered as metadata should be highlighted.
- You can also manually enter the dates and the time from the text box under “Observation Date and Time.”
Note: You cannot click on any other dates than those that are highlighted, or enter a random date.
Step 4: Start Transcribing
You are ready to start entering data!!
- Start entering the observations.
- Only enter the data for one tab at a time.
- Press "Save" after entering the data in each tab before going on to the next tab.
- You will have to draw a highlighted box around the observations that you just transcribed.
- Do not include the date or time in this highlighted box.
- And repeat until the observations from every row have been entered!
Step 5: Highlighting
- You can edit the highlight box.
- Hover over the highlighted box to reveal three little icons on the left side and one red icon on the right side.
- You can edit the annotation (i.e. the data)
- You can resize the box. You must drag from one of the corners!
- You can reposition the box by dragging it.
- The red icon on the right side is to delete the annotation.
Step 6: Final Touches
- You can take a break whenever you want by clicking “Stop Transcribing” in the top right-hand corner.
- A pop-up will appear telling you to click the blue “Take a Break” button that appeared in the pop-up window.
- Clicking “Take a Break” will bring you to the “My Transcriptions” page, where you can view or continue any of your previous transcriptions.
- Once you have transcribed all of the data, click “Finish” in the top bar.