Friday, February 19, 2010

Winter 2010 GB Games - Progress Report #7

Friday (Feb. 19th) was Day 7 of the competition. Here's the list of categories and the tasks I've completed so far:

1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources. (Gold Medal earned so far)
Create proper citations of sources for as many events possible using either "Evidence Explained" by Elizabeth Shown Mills or "How to Cite Sources" by John Wiley.
35 total Citations completed  on 2/14, 2/15, 2/16, 2/17 and 2/18 meeting the Gold requirement of 30. 
2. Back Up Your Data. (Gold Medal earned so far)
Task C - completed 2/14 (actually completed everyday) 

3. Organize Your Research. (Bronze Medal earned so far)
Task B: Organize at least 20 digital files into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.
2 Completed 2/18
Task C: Organize at least 20 photos into albums, scrapbooks, collages, protective holders, boxes, etc.
Finally some real work in this category. Most of the day was spent sorting hundreds of photos into boxes (they will be stored in a safe, but more about that later when I get into the backup plan). Many of the pictures were scanned years ago but I found a few more that are scan worthy so also started a "to scan" box. This chore is about 50% complete but I'm way beyond the "at least 20" level required to count this task and qualify for a bronze medal. 
Task D: Organize at least 20 digital photos into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.
4 Completed 2/18

4. Expand Your Knowledge - PLATINUM MEDAL 
Task A - completed 2/13
Task B - completed 2/14 
Task C - completed 2/16
Task D - completed 2/16  
Task E - completed 2/15  

5. Write, Write, Write. PLATINUM MEDAL
Task A - completed 12/19 
Task C - completed 12/13 
Task D - completed 2/15 
Task E - completed 12/13
Task F - completed 12/13

6. Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness. (Diamond Medal earned so far)
Task A - completed 2/15 
Task C - completed 2/19 
Task F - completed 2/19
Task G - completed 2/15 
Task B and D: I've got a list of headstone photos to make for Find A Grave but unless the weather straightens up around here that's not going to happen.

Since this was the mid-point of the games it's a good time compare my original goals to where things stand at this point.

  1. Goal was Platinum. Currently at Gold but only 15 more citations needed for Platinum so definitely on pace to finish.
  2. Goal was Platinum. Currently at Gold. Still a possibility.
  3. Goal was to participate with no expectations for a medal. Currently at Bronze.
  4. Goal was Gold. Platinum earned. 
  5. Goal was Silver. Platinum earned.
  6. Goal was Silver. Currently at Diamond and now hope to get to Platinum if the weather would just cooperate so I can take some headstone photos.
So it looks like things are going better than planned. Four categories have exceeded expectations already and there is still time to work more on the other two. 

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