One concern that I have, going forward, is the accuracy of the data contained in our database. To that end, as a part of the ongoing modifications, upgrades and extensions to our website, I’m reviewing our data on a country-by-country basis. Over the past two days, I’ve looked at the records for about 1000 locomotives in Brazil, Chile and (oddly enough) Bulgaria. This is what the review process looks like:
- Search youtube.com for videos of locomotives in the country which is being reviewed. Add any videos found to their respective locomotives.
- In commons.wikimedia.org review the photos available for locomotives in the country in question. If a better image is available for a locomotive which already has a photo, move the original to a photo album and replace with the better image. If a photo is found for a locomotive which doesn’t have one, include it.
- For each photo found in commons.wikimedia.org review any included data about the locomotive and update our data to reflect this where appropriate.
- Where Notes exist for locomotives in the country being reviewed, compare the information in the notes to that in the database and correct where appropriate.
- For locomotives without photos, use maps.google.com and Google Street View to attempt to find photos/images of the locomotive which can be used.
The techniques above resulted in the addition of 13 videos in the last two days, upgraded photos for 11 locomotives, new photos for an additional 14 locomotives, and over 220 data edits. Oh! And the addition of two locomotives that weren’t in our database. And it was rather enjoyable too.