War Diaries Talk

Two pages on one scan?

  • Cal55 by Cal55

    How should a page be tagged which is in notebook format rather than on standard sheets, and two pages with different dates are on the same scan.
    Here the Right Hand page seems to be the earlier date, being Jan 29, Jan 30 starts half way down the second page. My understanding is that the date tag is used to locate all the other for machine processing. If I tag Jan 30 anywhere on the left page, it will collect things from the RH page below it. I could just ignore the second date, but then events will be ascribed to the previous day. Is that a reasonable compromise, and say just put the 29 Jan date at the very bottom?

    Cheers
    Cal

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  • HeatherC by HeatherC moderator

    Yes this happens a lot and I can see why they scanned it this way. It makes sense for people who want to download the diary but unfortunately not for us in OWD with the way the date tag works as it goes across both pages. Normally we'd say tag the first date given on the left hand side at the very top of the "page" and the last on the right hand side at the bottom of the "page" because then at least we have a date range into which all the other data fits. Not so easy here as the pages have indeed been scanned the wrong way round! I think it will still work though, so put a date tag for 29 Jan at the very top and one for the 30 at the very bottom (which is pretty much what you said but you need to have the two dates in order or the system will not work right) Not perfect but the best we can do. Also can you hashtag with #badscan and comment that the pages are in the wrong order (I've done it for this one)

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  • Cal55 by Cal55

    Thanks Heather. Very helpful as usual.

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  • deehar by deehar

    Aaaaargh I've got two whole weeks on a double page which makes a real mess of the tagging. Is the advice still just to put the first date tag at the top and the last date tag at the bottom ?

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  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    It is. Unfortunately, that's the best we can do for now. But if you also tag it as #badscan we might be able to get them rescanned later.

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