Month: October 2016

Adding CEGB and CEB photo folders

All 11 CEGB folders – around 800 photos – have now been imported

Previously imported
SWEHS 5.1 CEB & CEGB Oakfield Road Bristol

Imported 28/10/2016
SWEHS 80.0 CEGB Pembroke Icing
SWEHS 81.0 CEGB Power Stations
SWEHS 82.0 CEGB Final Days of Portishead Power Station

For some reason no data was imported for 82.0 – should be in Table 4.
Uploaded Table 4 again using Filezilla, ran Import again, data uploaded.
Concluded that uploaded version of CSV may have been corrupt.

This is useful for any future instance of “no data” if the data is actually in the CSV.

Imported 31/10/2016
SWEHS 87.0 CEGB Durley Park
SWEHS 88.0 CEGB Overhead Lines and Projects
SWEHS 89.0 CEGB Miscellaneous
SWEHS 90.0 CEGB Severn Cable Tunnel
SWEHS 91.0 CEGB Steel Tower Lines Post Nationalisation
SWEHS 83.0 CEGB and SWEB Bulk Supply Points
SWEHS 85.0 CEGB Two Tier Project 1985

Outstanding issues

Updated 31/10/2016

Recent progress:

  • Recent work has concentrated on the photos.
  • Albums set up and photos successfully uploaded for all sections of South West before nationalisation, plus CEB and CEGB Oakfield Road.
  • There are now 2703 photos in the system, plus 127 “test” photos in Photos Album. 1133 of these are the Artefacts.
  • All of these are searchable (but are made searchable by a rather tedious manual process – no way round it)
  • All Supplements are now complete.
    Only outstanding Histelec News are nos. 1 to 10, 12, 13 – awaiting scanned PDFs.
  • 4 of the 11 CEGB photo folders have been uploaded, the other 7 have been set up as empty albums.
  • (Dummy) menu entry for Generating Stations now includes “renewal energy” in title because we have a good collection of hydro stations and wind turbines.

Strategic issues:

  • There are so many photos and so much data in the website now that I need to turn to Backup and Restore functionality, together with how to migrate the whole site to another host. Also see http://wppa.nl/docs-by-subject/moving-site/ for WPPA-specific issues.
  • 7 more CEGB photo folders to upload (around 750 photos) – should be routine, though time-consuming.
  • Before the remaining photos can be uploaded …..
  • Then there are a further 78 folders of photos to upload – discussing with DC how to structure them. The 78 folders contain around 5850 SWEB photos, plus around 240 Sox Hosegood Collection helicopter photos, and around 130 other photos.

General issues:

  • I’ll check in due course which items I show that haven’t got descriptions, maybe where a photo has been uploaded but with no description as yet. But see discovery made under “Adding CEGB and CEB photo folders”
  • Also need to decide how to deal with PDF documents as the Photo plugin won’t handle these.
  • Improving the slideshow displays to make the Previous and Next buttons obvious, etc (see John F email 28/10/2016) – most recently I’ve ticked Photo Album Tables II B (slide shows) settings 13.1 and 13.2
  • Possibly remove the word nationalisation from 5.2, 7.0, 9.0, 15.0 & 20.0 to avoid duplication? The point of including “before nationalisation” was to avoid a confusing duplicate name for the equivalent after nationalisation – e.g. having two albums called “Bath”. Having said that, at the moment I’m using menus that are automatically generated from the album names and parent/child structure. If it’s the menu entries that are a concern, rather than the actual album names, , I should be able to do this manually when I’ve got all the photos loaded.
  • Any other comments from Committee members

Other sections of old website yet to be tackled:

  • Contacts page – just need to decide what we put on this page
  • Archives – needs updating – existing content was previous “cabinet listing” carried over from old website – have asked PGL and JG whether they could do this
  • There’s also another Archives page of Articles and Speakers in Study Corner – document just needs updating
  • Generating Stations – five pages or so – could just copy the content over
  • Films – only 3 videos copied over so far,  need to upload in a similar way to photos – or should I create pages with links? Note that there is a “Videos” post type – is there a “Videos” page type?
  • Films – manual text in Description field – would this be better for search?
  • Histelec News – last few very early issues to be uploaded when scanned
  • Web links – a simple page of links – need to check that they’re all still active
  • Days Out – probably needs a major rewrite. Low priority.
  • Museum – link needed for Curator – ties up with Contacts page.
  • Tramways – this section is very different. Need to find where the documents are stored and reformat them. Includes miniature and cliff railways.
  • Artefacts – needs a descriptive page like the old website, i.e. instructions on how to use the search and view facilities.
  • Photos – need a similar descriptive page of instructions. Maybe Films also?

Detailed Artefacts and Photos issues:

  • Many near-duplicate pictures when one per artefact would usually suffice – will ask DC to review and select

Additional future content

  • While those who have worked/are working the electricity industry and specifically SWEB will be aware of its operational structure and how it has changed over a number of years, this may not be so for others. Would be worthwhile including a a short glossary covering pre nationalisation, nationalisation and privatisation structures with associated dates and possibly a map/s. Perhaps a “family tree” also? It could link to Histelec News & Articles items for greater detail where these aspects have been covered. HAve asked PGL and JG whether they could do this

Issues updated up to 31/10/2016:

  • Investigate producing all the Archive Photographic Register Table CSVs and combining them. Then this could be run against each batch of photos uploaded to an Album. Not necessary 28/10/2016
  • Actually, it may not be necessary to combine the files. Maybe the Import will handle multiple CSV files? Need to test out with 2 or 3. Yes it does, proved 21/09/2016
  • The photo search facility is only searching the test “Photos” album, not the others. Need to find out how to amend this. Sorted by copying relevant code into each photo’s Description field 21/09/2016
  • Not sure where the Home Page slideshow is getting its photos from – this may need changing
    It’s a WordPress gallery, not WPPA functionality – Code is on Welcome page, just uses nominated picture numbers. Found 21/09/2016
  • There are 2 more Registers to convert to CSV – Registers 10 and 11 did not bring through proper photo filenames
    Turns out that they are duplicates, both deleted.
  • DC sent me SWEHS000392.jpg which is one of the Tinsley units – but there are already 000392a, b and c, the meter with the ball-bearings. Should the Tinsley unit be a different filename? Also 000392 is labelled as the Tinsley oscillator, which is 000538. 000392 is the Tinsley power supply unit. I will be able to straighten the Tinsley photos out by swapping the filenames and uploading them again with the new batch of Artefacts photos Tinsley entries edited 31/10/2016

 

Photo data cleaning, converting more Registers, more photo uploads

Summary

Minor data issues dealt with, but Registers 5 to 9 now converted to CSV and uploaded. Registers 10 and 11 did not bring through proper photo filenames so left for now.

Remaining “South West before nationalisation” Albums loaded complete with data. So we’re up to 1949 now.

CEGB and CEB folders all added.

Around 4000 photos in the system (as at 31/10/2016), of which 1133 are the artefacts.

Data issues

Discovered that some lines, even in Registers already converted, have multiple filenames. Lines split into individual filenames.

Converted Registers 5 to 9 to CSV.

Registers 10 and 11 deleted – they were duplicates with proper photo filenames.

Noticed that some filenames in Registers 3, 8 and 9 have blanks before the “.jpg” – checked one batch, and they really have! Leaving this issue for now, but need to bear in mind as a possible cause if photos are not matched with data during upload.

Uploading new data Tables

Uploaded Tables 1 to 9 CSVs to Depot using Filezilla.

Set default album to BCED in Import Photos
Went to Import Photos
Import

Response: 9 CSVs imported, 162 photos processed. 7597 photos skipped.
Are these 162 photos that had no data?

Went to Album Admin, BCED, Edit
Couldn’t see any without data but didn’t look right through

Noticed an error in SWEHS 3.5.384.jpg “Stuff Mills” instead of “Snuff Mills”
Amended in Table 1.csv
Copied Table 1 again to Depot (using Filezilla) as a test of updating
Ran Import
Response: 9 CSVs imported, 460 photos processed. 2850 photos skipped.

Went to Album – checked, and it had updated to “Snuff Mills”. Success! This means that data amendments can be done by re-uploading and importing the CSV files, without having to reload the photos temselves.

More photo uploads

Previously – albums set up and photos successfully uploaded for BCED, Bristol Tramways and Carriage, CEB and CEGB Oakfield Road Bristol, Bath, Cornwall, Cornwall EWA Edmonds Collection.

Set up remaining “South West before nationalisation” Albums:
SWEHS 13.0 North Somerset Electricity Supply Co
SWEHS 16.0 Bridport Bridgwater Lyme Regis Minehead Wellington
SWEHS 17.0 Taunton
SWEHS 20.0 Weston Super Mare
SWEHS 9.0 Devon
SWEHS 11.0 Exeter
SWEHS 15.0 Plymouth
SWEHS 18.1 to 18.3 Torquay Borough Electricity Department

Used Filezilla to upload each set of photos in turn. Set each Default Album as appropriate, Import.

In Album Admin, Edit, set each Description as follows (that’s the tedious bit, needed for searchable indexing)

USE BULK EDIT TO UPDATE DESCRIPTION – IT IS MUCH MUCH FASTER:

<table><tbody>
<tr><td>w#cc1</td><td>w#cd1</td></tr>
<tr><td>w#cc2</td><td>w#cd2</td></tr>
<tr><td>w#cc3</td><td>w#cd3</td></tr>
<tr><td>w#cc4</td><td>w#cd4</td></tr>
<tr><td>w#cc5</td><td>w#cd5</td></tr>
<tr><td>w#cc6</td><td>w#cd6</td></tr>
<tr><td>w#cc7</td><td>w#cd7</td></tr>
</tbody></table>

Noted that Weston before nationalisation contains some SWEB photos e.g. construction of Locking Road building.

That completes uploading the “Before nationalisation” photos – 3234 photos in the system, of which 1133 are artefacts.

 

 

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