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From: "Brian Smart" <>
Subject: RE: Corrections
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 10:44:24 -0000
Hello Dave and Kevin,
I am sorry but I do not agree with what is happening. Most of the
corrections are coming from the District alias group and as far as I can see
they are doing what transcribers are told not to do. Assumptions are being
made about volumes based on the districts. Some clearly cannot be read but
miraculously they are specified in full. There other examples where I would
not agree with what is indicated. Look at scan:
and the change proposed below.
Current Entry: RABY,Lucy,_landf* _r,XIV,571
Proposed Entry: RABY,Lucy,Glandford B,XIV,371
While 'Glandford B' may be correct, it certainly can't be read, and the
correction to the page number is clearly wrong.
I know that transcribers have the option of not making the changes but most
will believe that if the change comes from an 'official' source, it must be
Most of the changes are the removal of doubt from the entry. You stated:
"If we do (leave the errors), it could lead to adverse reactions from
searchers who would lose confidence in the FreeBMD database."
This is more likely if doubt is removed. At least an incomplete entry will
ensure that the entry is fully checked before money is spent on
I repeat what I said before, I have serious doubts about this process and
changes which are the result of the district alias team seem to be the most
From: Dave Mayall [mailto:]
Sent: 06 February 2004 08:06
This e-mail is prompted by a number of queries over recent weeks sent
to me, sent to Kevin (Our corrections co-ordinator) or sent to one or
other of the mailing lists.
It is sent to this list, because the audience is Syndicate
Co-ordinators, but if you want to discuss the rights and wrongs of it,
a quick reminder that FreeBMD-Discuss-L is the correct place
Q: One of my transcribers has had an e-mail from the FreeBMD
Corrections Co-ordinator asking them to make a correction. What
authority/status does the Corrections Co-ordinator have.
A: Kevin is a member of the FreeBMD core team. He doesn't generate
corrections himself, rather he filters the corrections that users
submit to weed out the really silly ones, and passes only the
reasonable ones to transcribers.
Q: I've been asked to change "6_" to "6a", but I've looked again, and
I'm not convinced. What do I do. Doesn't TWYS apply?
A: The correction is, at its heart, a request to look again. It
remains a decision for the transcriber to make as to whether they
accept it. TWYS applies, and they will not be excommunicated if they
say "sorry, I don't see that". In the example given, the transcriber
might possibly make a partial correction to "6[a_]"
Q: What's the point. Why don't we just leave it for double keying to
A: Double keying may be a couple of years away, and we don't want to
leave things wrong for that long. If we do, it could lead to adverse
reactions from searchers who would lose confidence in the FreeBMD
database. If we discover an error at any point, we ought to fix it
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