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Volunteers needed for many roles in support of the BoatNerd site

The results of the recent survey are in, and BoatNerd is staying, with our redesign process moving forward. Many of those responded indicated that they would be willing to help with different aspects of the site.
Please e-mail moderator@boatnerd.net if you are interested in volunteering. Here are some of the areas that need to be covered.

BoatNerd Site Content
When: Starting over the winter?
How often: As much as you like
We will be updating the site and asking for volunteers to help move, create and maintain content. This is across the site including photo galleries, News Page and Facts & Figures section. Knowledge of Wordpress or Photoshop would be helpful.

BoatNerd News Photo Gallery
When: late Fall or next spring?
How often: as much as you like
This would involve processing user-submitted photos and posting them to a Wordpress photo gallery. Knowledge of Wordpress or Photoshop would be helpful.

News Page Port Reports
We are seeking reporters to send in daily activity summaries from the following ports: Lake Erie ports (Cleveland, Ashtabula, Sandusky, Toledo)

Automated Vessel Passage Fact Checker
When: Now
How often: As much as you like
Our automated Vessel passage is a long-term project and we are now moving out of the testing phase. This system uses data from our AIS system to automatically log vessel passages for a given location. Currently we have this feature active for Detroit, Port Huron, Soo Locks and Toledo. We plan on having every port with AIS coverage included by next season.

Because this is an automated system we need volunteers to help with verifying data and entering cargo information. You could help out once a week or once a day, our hope is to get a strong group of volunteers to help keep the additional information accurate and up to date.

AIS receivers
When: Now through the spring:
How often: One time install, with occasional reboots
We would like to expand the AIS receivers to better fill some of the gaps in the system. If you have an existing system (HAMS) or are sharing with a service like Marinetraffic.com you can share your data with us. If you would like to host a receiver please e-mail, all that is needed is a location close to the water with an always on Internet connection and area to mount a small antenna. Note to ports and commercial operators: We can add your location that you can embed a map or passage listing, for example http://ais.boatnerd.com/passage

These areas have the largest gaps:
Algonac / Harsens Island
North shore of Lake Erie Colchester to Nanticoke
South shore at Fairport, Ohio, Conneaut, Ohio, Erie, Pa.,
Welland Canal
Green Bay, Wis.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Grand Haven, Mich.
Muskegon, Mich.
Thunder Bay, Ont.
Silver Bay, MN
Seaway.

Wed like to thank everyone for responding to the survey. We will do our best to keep all volunteers up to date on the redesign process.


 

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