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Geoff's Search Engine for the CWGC database
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geoff's handy SNWM search engine has been down for the last day or so unfortunately.

Derek.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should be working OK now. There was a PHP upgrade which broke the program. But please report any funny results here or email me.
Cheers,

geoff
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Geoff.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I right to assume that the "New" CWGC Search Engine will be in Santa's delivery sack????
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
Am I right to assume that the "New" CWGC Search Engine will be in Santa's delivery sack????


Can you expand Ken ?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am doubtful the new site / search will be ready for Santa.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhubthaigh wrote:
Kenneth Morrison wrote:
Am I right to assume that the "New" CWGC Search Engine will be in Santa's delivery sack????


Can you expand Ken ?


All too easily over the Christmas period Rolling Eyes

However to answer properly, Geoff's excellent Search Engine "died" back in August. As I understood it the main reason for its demise was that the new CWGC search function was due to be launched. I just wondered if "it will all be over by Christmas"
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As I understood it the main reason for its demise was that the new CWGC search function was due to be launched.


Ken

There was no direct timing connection as far as I am aware. Certainly, the changes CWGC are making had an influence on Geoffs's decision to halt his engine.
I understand the new CWGC site, when it is launched, should make searching much better than before and well worth the wait.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The CWGC have a poisoned chalice.

Publish too little and have hundreds of thousands of requests or publish too much and thereby cut off a valuable income stream.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DerekR wrote:
or publish too much and thereby cut off a valuable income stream.


Sorry, Can you expand on that
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before the growth in internet access, the CWGC charged for large searches and lists to be produced.
By putting more and more info online they've reduced their workload but also lost income.
They still sit on quite alot of interesting infomation, such as original grave records, so it will be interesting to see how much more they will allow to go free.

I'm sure there are many others who still send donations to the CWGC for complicated searches etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My closing date of August was decided (i) by CWGC's original intention to launch their new website "in June" (but that date always seemed not likely to me, considering their specification), (ii) Expiry of my website hosting in August. As it happens I probably still have space to re-run it but since I've no idea when the new thing will happen, there seems to be no point in my continued effort. I heard a rumour that the new launch would be "towards the end of the year" and then "early next year". I don't expect anyone will know until it happens!
You could try asking them? I don't suppose I would get a reply.

cheers and all the best for 2012....

geoff
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I am doubtful the new site / search will be ready for Santa.


CWGC are now advising the launch of the new site this month.


" The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is proud to announce that our new website will be launched in January 2012.

The redesigned site has a completely new “look and feel” which we hope will appeal to a wide audience. We have made the site much easier to navigate and maintain, but perhaps the most improved features are the enhanced search capabilities around the “Search our Records” function.
Following your feedback, a greatly enhanced search will allow you to look for individuals by regiment, cemetery, country, awards, date of death and service number. You will also be able to browse cemeteries and memorials by country and even by size.
Further enhancements will come on line later as part of our ongoing commitment to provide a better service to you.

Finally, the Commission would like to express our sincere thanks to all those individuals who took part in our feedback programme sent in suggestions or tested the website. Thank you for your assistance. "
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At long last, i was really missing the usefulness of Geoff's WW1 search engine.

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