What's new in these pages?

This page reports on the evolution of this collection of pages during the year 2010.  This helps to keep the "What's New" page to a manageable size.  The changes are reported in reverse order, with the latest (the "news item") at the top.  Dates of entries show when pages were installed on the Web server, which is not always the same as their internal dates of revision.  Revisions to the list of non-carillon things will not be reported, nor will minor (cosmetic) editorial fixes (though the revision dates of such files will change).

2010/11/27 - Revised summaries for North America by state/province for traditional carillons and non-traditional carillons and by weight for traditional carillons, and revised the index for North America by denomination for traditional carillons, correcting various numbers.

2010/11/25 - Revised 5 site data pages and added one (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.

2010/11/10 - Revised 115 site data pages for new-style MapQuest links, in all US states beginning with T through W.

2010/10/23 - Revised 21 site data pages and added one (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.

Revised the Bellfoundry Indexes Advice.

2010/10/18 - Revised 177 site data pages for new-style MapQuest links, in all US states beginning with O through S.

2010/10/17 - Revised 192 site data pages for new-style MapQuest links, in all US states beginning with N.

2010/10/16 - Revised 52 site data pages (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.  Most changes are small refinements of lat/lon based on the latest Google overhead photography.

Revised regional locator map interface routine to provide notification option when map load fails because of missing or defective XML file.

2010/10/13 - Revised 161 site data pages for new-style MapQuest links, in all US states beginning with M.

Added chimola to the Glossary pages.

Added internal navigation links to the index of North American chimes by number, as well as expanding the description of additional keyword annotation.

2010/10/11 - Revised 246 site data pages for new-style MapQuest links, in all US states beginning with A through L.

2010/10/06 - Revised site data pages for new-style MapQuest links - all 104 in Canada, 1 in USA, 10 in Mexico, all 44 in Central and South America.

2010/10/05 -

After making an unhappy complaint to MapQuest about the fact that their servers no longer recognize map links of the form that's been used here for several years (see red box dated 2010/10/01, below), I was placated by receiving a response showing a new way to link by latitude/longitude.  I'm still unhappy at having to change more than 1300 pages to use the new link format, because MapQuest could certainly have provided an automatic redirection from the old format to the new.  But at least our visitors who prefer MapQuest will be inconvenienced only temporarily.

Revised the same 26 pages as yesterday (2010/10/04), this time adding new-style MapQuest links.

Revised the Map Usage Hints, the MapQuest usage hints and the Map Service History to reflect the latest events.

2010/10/04 - Revised 26 site data pages (see list); revised affected regional locator maps accordingly.  Most changes are small refinements of lat/lon (based on the latest Google overhead photography) and/or removals of obsolete eddresses (based on bounced notifications for the 09/30 revisions).

Revised regional locator map display to include state/province/country 2-letter codes in the dropdown list.  This is more likely to be helpful on revision maps (see below) than on maps of geographic regions (where all sites on a map might have the same code).

2010/10/01 -

While quality-checking yesterday's updates, I discovered that the "new" MapQuest no longer recognizes map links of the form that's been used here for several years (decimal latitude/longitude, rather than street address).  Regardless of the parameters supplied in the link, MapQuest will go to its home page and display a generic high-level map centered on where it deduces that you are located.  The only remaining link method for MapQuest is by street address.  That's useless for our purposes, since most bell towers cannot be precisely located by street address.  Therefore, all existing MapQuest links will be removed as site data pages are updated in the future.

2010/09/30 - Revised 79 site data pages (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.  Locator maps are now complete (as possible) for all North American chimes.

Added Bing Maps birdseye views and/or missing index links to, and/or removed broken links from, 240 other site data pages.  Bing views are now complete (as available) for all North American chimes.

Revised the standard format description page to clarify several minor details.

As an experiment, reorganized part of the North American chime index by number of bells to show the semitone configuration for 9-bell instruments.  If successful, this reorganization will be extended to other numbers of bells, and possibly to similar indexes for other types of instruments.

Split 2009 news into the separate history file referenced below, to save space here; also removed all update locator maps for that year and their links.

2010/09/18 - Revised 33 site data pages (see list), either removing obsolete email addresses (discovered as a result of sending standard notification messages for the 09/16 update) or fine-tuning map locations (because Google has improved their overhead photography recently).

2010/09/16 - Revised 99 site data pages (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.  Locator maps are now complete (as possible) for all North American chimes in US states M- through O-.

Added Bing Maps birdseye views and/or missing index links to 69 other site data pages.  Bing views are now complete (as available) for all North American chimes in US states M- through O-.

Deleted site data page and all index references for Lakewood, Ohio; report of chime there was in error.

2010/09/07 - Revised 29 site data pages (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.  Locator maps are now complete (as possible) for all North American chimes in US states A- through L-.

Added Bing Maps birdseye views and/or missing index links to 231 other site data pages.  Bing views are now complete (as available) for all North American chimes in US states A- through L-.

2010/08/31 - Revised 60 site data pages (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.  These changes incorporate the results of all the tower visits undertaken this past summer by the compiler of these pages.

2010/08/26 - Revised 18 site data pages and added 6 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.

Added a new index to North American carillons by type of institution.

Revised the page about great bells in North America to reflect the probable destruction of the one in New York City Hall, to add the bass bell of the German chime in Denver, and to link the Odiyan bell to the foundry index page.

2010/06/22 - Revised 17 site data pages and added 1 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.

2010/06/21 - Revised 36 assorted pages (both indexes and site data pages) to fix broken internal links.

Revised North American sites that are no more to reflect the actual disposition of bells removed from Champaign, IL.

Revised North American degraded sites to reflect shrinkage at Furman University, Greenville, SC.

2010/06/12 - Revised 28 assorted pages (mostly indexes) to fix broken internal links.

2010/06/02 - Revised the introductory material for all 82 bellfoundry index pages, replacing much of it with a standard reference to a new page on Bellfoundry Indexes Advice.

2010/05/31 - Revised 3 site data pages and added 6 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly. 

2010/05/30 - Added entries for all remaining known unreplaced defunct instruments to the page of European sites that are no more, including BE, DE, FR, NL and eliminating the partial pages that existed for two of those countries; also added entries for exhibited and otherwise relocated instruments in Europe; revised affected indexes and regional index lists accordingly. 

Removed site data page for Algiers, converting it to an entry in the page of African sites that are no more; revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly. 

Corrected remark on a link in the Perpignan site data page.

2010/05/26 - Revised 12 site data pages and added 18 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.  This update includes the addition of département numbers to all French sites and indexes; one side effect is to enable geographic sorting of French sites by département when producing reports from the underlying database.

Further revised the page about milestones in North American traditional carillons (see 1883).

2010/05/22 - Revised 4 site data pages (see list; no indexes or locator maps were affected.

Revised the page about milestones in North American traditional carillons (see 1883 and 1925).

Split 2008 news into the separate history file referenced below, to save space here.

Revised the bellfoundry indexes overview and the corresponding index for North American traditional carillons to clarify how multi-phase instruments are indexed.

Revised 14 site data pages from 05/21 and 05/19 lists to drop invalid eddresses.

2010/05/21 - Revised 5 site data pages and added 4 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.

2010/05/19 - Revised 24 site data pages and added 11 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.

Supplied a new set of indexes for France, and moved references to existing site data pages for France to them from the existing indexes for Europe.

Revised the Bing Maps help page slightly.

2010/04/29 - Revised a few North American site data pages to add or remove cross-links with the summer carillon recital schedule [does not exist post-merger].

2010/04/26 - Revised 62 site data pages and added 4 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.

Revised over 90 site data pages (see list) to add Bing Maps links and/or to add or fix other links but without revising the underlying database.  Bing Maps bird's-eye views are now presented for all North American non-traditional carillons for which they were available as of earlier this month.

2010/02/20 - Revised 15 site data pages and added 22 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.

Supplied two missing indexes for Central and South American chimes, with back-links from all 15 related site data pages.

Revised the regional index overview for Germany to explain how the designations BRD and DDR are used here.

2010/02/05 - Provided a separate set of index pages for all tower bell instruments in Germany, moving all existing entries for posted site data pages to those pages from the existing set for all tower bell instruments in Europe.

2010/02/04 - Provided regional locator maps for France, for traditional carillons and for all instruments.
Provided regional locator maps for Germany, for traditional carillons and for all instruments.
Provided a regional locator map for Italy (for all instruments).
Revised maps of adjacent countries to link the new maps.
Both sets of regional locator maps for the world (traditional carillons and all instruments) are now complete with respect to site data pages which have been posted.

2010/02/03 - Provided a regional locator map for Finland (for all instruments).
Provided a regional locator map for Portugal (for all instruments).
Revised regional locator map for Europe (for all instruments) to include all sites in countries for which single-country regional locator maps are not provided.  Revised some single-country regional locator maps to add links to the corresponding maps for adjacent countries.

2010/02/02 - Provided regional locator maps for Belgium, for traditional carillons and for all instruments.
Provided regional locator maps for the Netherlands, for traditional carillons and for all instruments.
All four maps are incomplete, since not all site data pages have been posted for these two countries.

Provided a regional locator map for Spain, for all instruments.
Provided a regional locator map for Switzerland, for all instruments.

Provided missing link for the existing regional locator map for all instruments in Denmark.

2010/01/25 - Revised 7 site data pages and added 6 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.

Replaced the regional locator map of Groningen province with a regional locator map of all Netherlands traditional carillons for which site data pages have been posted.
Added a regional locator map of all Netherlands instruments for which site data pages have been posted. 

2010/01/23 - Removed the site data page for the Loughborough mobile chime, which was dismantled in 2008; added corresponding section to the British Isles sites that are no more; revised affected indexes accordingly.

Revised indexing of mobile instruments worldwide.

2010/01/22 - Revised additional indexes affected by yesterday's update.

Finished clustering improvements on the British Isles regional locator map (see 01/21 below).

2010/01/21 - Revised 18 site data pages and added 6 (see list); revised some affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly.

Added links for British Carillon Society Webpages to all 15 site data pages for traditional carillons in the British Isles.  Added links for Bing Maps bird's eye views to most of those pages as well as most of the pages for non-traditional carillons in the British Isles.  (The remaining instruments do not have Bing Maps bird's eye views available now.)

Added regional locator map for the British Isles (all instruments), though clustering improvements remain to be completed.

2010/01/19 - Revised 24 site data pages (see list); revised affected regional locator maps accordingly.  (Indexes were unaffected.)

Added links for Bing Maps bird's eye views to approximately 165 site data pages for traditional carillons in North America, as well as to those for a few other sites in the same cities.  The remaining carillons (about 15) do not have Bing Maps bird's eye views available now. 

Converted numerous "geocities.com" Weblinks (all obsoleted by the shutdown of Geocities last October) to "reocities.com" - with thanks to the rescuer.

2010/01/08 - Revised 23 site data pages (see list); revised affected regional locator maps accordingly.  (Indexes were unaffected.)

Provided a page of usage hints for Bing Maps, covering the uses we make of them.

Revised the regional map system to handle composite instruments (e.g., a ring embedded in or overlapped with a chime).

2010/01/04 - Revised almost all site data pages for North American rings to add Bing Maps bird's eye view (when available), to follow the new standard method of presenting contact information for rings, and to add links to corresponding pages on the NAGCR Website.

Revised the page which describes standard format of site data pages, primarily to describe the new standard method of presenting ringers' contact information.

Revised the main page of Map Use Hints as well as the regional maps help popup.

2010/01/02 - Revised 83 site data pages and added 6 (list IX091210 removed); deleted the site data page for a chime in Fredericksburg VA after uncovering evidence that it must have been based upon an erroneous report; revised affected indexes and regional locator maps accordingly. 
This update package is the second installment of replacements of broken locator maps links dating from from the shutdown of MapBlast by Microsoft (see Map Service History for July 2002) and the radical change in MapsOnUs by Switchboard (see August 2005 on the same page).  The first such installment was done 2009/12/12; approximately 140 further repairs remain to be done.
This package also contains the first links to Microsoft's new Bing Maps service, utilizing the "bird's eye" aerial perspective views which are available for some cities and towns in several countries.  Pages without Bing Maps links reflect the fact that no bird's eye view of the place was available at the time the page was updated.

Revised the Map Use Hints page to cover Bing Maps.

Split 2007 news into the separate history file referenced below, to save space here.


Prior years' news has been moved into the following separate files to save space here:
2009 - See What was new in these pages in 2009?.
2008 - See What was new in these pages in 2008?.
2007 - See What was new in these pages in 2007?.
2006 - See What was new in these pages in 2006?.
2005 - See What was new in these pages in 2005?.
2004 - See What was new in these pages in 2004?.
2003 - See What was new in these pages in 2003?.
2002 - See What was new in these pages in 2002?.
2001 - See What was new in these pages in 2001?.
2000 - See What was new in these pages in 2000?.
1999 - See What was new in these pages in 1999?.
1998 - See What was new in these pages in 1998?.
1997 - See What was new in these pages in 1997?.


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