1 million pages
Today oldWeather has passed another remarkable milestone: we’ve now transcribed 1 million logbook pages. 1,000,000 or 106 – however you write it, that’s a big number.
The logbooks have large pages, so think of a big, heavy book – let’s say a volume of the old Encyclopædia Britannica. Those have about 1000 pages each, so we’d need about 1000 such volumes to make up a million pages – more than 30 copies of the entire Encyclopaedia (15th edition).
Alternatively, consider the average American, who reads 9 books a year. If a typical book is 300 pages in length, we’ve done as much reading as that average American does in about 350 years. We haven’t been skimming the logs, either: It takes, on average, about 2 minutes to read and transcribe each log page.
So we’ve spent 2 million minutes with our collective nose in a log – a task which would have been quite impossible without the combined efforts of thousands of project participants. And what treasures we’ve found in there: As well as millions of invaluable weather observations, we’ve followed stories of war, sickness, celebration, drunkenness, heroism, tragedy, partying, … Surely a better read than any novel.
The image at the head of this post was
shamelessly stolen adapted from Wikipedia.