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"What's going on in there?"
About this site:
This is my own personal project to consolidate existing geyser data sources into a single database.
It will bring together older information from the Old Faithful Log Book as transcribed by Lynn Stephens, electronic logger eruptions from Ralph Taylor, webcam viewer reports and real-time submissions from gazers in the Upper Geyser Basin.
This site will be continually improving for a while, and I welcome any and all comments and suggestions.
The biggest technology wave to sweep geyser gazing since two-way radios and electronic monitoring will be smart phones and I think this site will help make them useful to the gazer.
--Jake Young, April 2011
About the data:
Data is collected by people and people make mistakes--it's not a perfect process.
There are errors in the data.
Such is the nature of collecting information for natural processes that continually change.
Nobody gets paid to do this stuff (although I will entertain offers!) so it's a labor of love.
Some individuals have contributed a lot to the geyser data cause:
Ralph Taylor has done amazing work for years with his electronic loggers and data interpretation.
Lynn Stephens has done a lot of typing and deciphering of handwriting in transcribing the Old Faithful Vistor Center logbook.
Geyser gazers everywhere, from seasonal volunteers to week-long vacationers to webcam watchers, have given a great deal too.
- April 18, 2013
- Feburary 19, 2013
- User Home page updated with a better layout
- User options including:Custom selected geyser intervals and the ability to turn on or off other features
- Reference map added
- Ability to add a comment to an eruption entry that is not yours
- Ability to delete flags, attachments, and confirms
- Ability to add attachments to notes
- Night mode added
- Timeline logbook display option added
- Personal checklists feature
- Type in search box for selecting geysers
- Added retrieve function options including exporting the search to a CSV file
- More reference links added
- More geysers added to the list
- July 29, 2011
- User Home page added
- YouTube attachments display in an embedded frame
- Durations are shown in the Recent entries pages
- Basic user profiles made visible
- Ability to change account password
- Notes can be deleted or edited
- July 23, 2011
- Flags being pulled from geysers.net
- Entry form updates with "Long" and "Short" for Old Faithful rather than "Major" and "Minor"
- June 29, 2011
- Entries being pulled from sister site,geysers.net
- Rudimentary "recent activity" page for each geyser
- Entries with 2 flags or more are automatically deleted
- June 24, 2011
- Added ability to mark "electronic" times
- May 26, 2011
- Logic added to identify "primary" entries and "secondary" entries for observations of the same eruption event
- Added ability to confirm an eruption
- Behind the scenes: eruption times stored in Unix epoch time
- Publishing XML file of observations to help sync data with sister site,geysers.net
- May 20, 2011
- Added entry editing
- Added URL attachment to entry
- Added "Current Intervals" display to home page
- May 15, 2011
- Added Open Source Database License (ODbL)
- April 15, 2011
- Added user registration and log in
- Added functionality to delete and flag eruption entries
- Updated entry form to check for a bad entry before submitting
- Can mark eruptions as questionable with (?)
- Old Faithful shorts recorded as "minor"
- Updated entry forms to look better in Internet Explorer
- Updated look & feel
- GeyserTimes.org goes live
- Limited webcam entries stored
- Eruption entry form
- Can view entries in "daily log" format
- Basic structure