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This page reports on the evolution of this Website as it occurs, both for the sake of those who like to follow such things and to help the Webmaster remember what was done and when.  The changes are reported in reverse order, with the latest at the top.  Dates show when groups of pages were installed on the Web server, which is not always the same as the internal dates of revision of individual pages.

This report covers not only the root directory but all subdirectories.

NOTE:  If you have a tool or method for monitoring changed Webpages, this is the only page that you need to monitor on this Website, because it will always point to all other recently changed pages where the cause of the change was something other than a typographic error.

2016/12/31 - Added weight table links to the page about Neil Goeppinger's book; most of the the tables (supplied by Neil) come from bellfoundry catalogs.  Added a new page incorporating all of those tables, linked from the existing data page about bell weights.

2016/12/27 - Expanded the story of Rinckers in America.

2016/12/19 - Improved linking for 382 site data pages for tubular chimes

2016/11/30 - Revised the structure of the "by type" indexes in the right-hand box near the top of the main page in the data section.

Updated the Website map to include the page announcing Neil Goeppinger's book.

2016/11/25 - Added some errata and commentary to the page about Neil Goeppinger's book.

Revised the page about Saint Louis bellfoundries to show the name of Burd, Rucker & Company as having been found on a surviving bell.

Corrected the span of proprietorship of Vanduzen & Tift in the Vanduzen foundry index.

Expanded the history of the Hooper/Blake foundry.

Revised the American part of the history of the Rincker foundry slightly.

2016/11/04 - Added the announcement of Neil Goeppinger's new book, linked from the home page.

Added a special note and a section about notable bells to the page about Meneely (Troy) foundry production; replaced the graphs in the page with more accurate versions resulting from recent proofreading of the.transcription.

Expanded description of the parents of Uriah Hanks in the Hanks-Meneely genealogy page.

Added cross-references from Hull to Kingston-upon-Hull, UK.

Split 2015 news into the separate history file referenced below, to save space here.

Reorganized storage of some photos; this may affect links from other Websites.

2016/09/04 - Revised 18 site data pages and added 5 (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.  The former combined ring+chime of Towcester, England, is now two separate instruments.

Replaced the site date page for a traditional carillon in Sellersville, PA, with a site date page for a non-traditional mobile carillon based in Norfolk, VA, plus a paragraph in the page about degraded instruments in North America.

Replaced the site date page for a Deagan tower chime in Anchorage, KY, with a paragraph in the page of tubular sites that are no more; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Added a significant historical note to the Vanduzen foundry index.

Changed alignment of home page.

All mobile instruments can now be found via regional locator maps as well as via indexes, though their maximum zoom levels are limited.

Reorganized storage of some photos.

Fixed missing "add" parameters on several regional maps.

2016/07/17 - Fixed regional maps for Europe and Germany (all instruments)

2016/05/21 - Revised 14 site data pages and added 32 (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Revised the Vanduzen foundry history; revised other foundry-related pages to reflect the 2014 closure of the Petit & Fritsen foundry.

Revised the "Direction" note block which follows (and floats in this page):

"To travel far, you must choose a direction"
William F. Woo, "Letters from the Editor" (chapter title)

The direction in which the TowerBells Website is traveling can be seen in the worklist which is set out below.  In roughly prioritized order, this shows the major tasks which the author has set himself, and which are intended to result in future news items on this page.

  • Post to the site data pages all additions and changes reported by correspondents, found in publications, or discovered from Google Alert messages.
  • Finish adding site data pages for (traditional) carillons in France and the Netherlands.
  • Finish adding site data pages for other instruments in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
  • Map independent great bells:
    1. Determine lat/lon for all great bells not part of carillons, chimes, etc., and add that information to all detailed lists of such bells.
    2. Extend the Google site locator map functions to handle great bells (requires specifying a substitute for page name to use in "Fix it" requests), and add map links to all detailed lists of such bells.
    3. Expand the Google regional locator map system to handle great bells, and encode them all.
  • Extend the Google site locator map functions to show nearby sites upon request.
  • Expand the Google regional locator map system to add filter capability (by size, type, type of institution, denomination).
  • Move existing photos in site data pages from Links block to Photos block.
  • Search my photo archives for relevant material which can be posted to site data pages.
  • Regenerate all site data pages older than July 2012 for which information exists about auxiliary mechanisms and/or tower details.
  • Write an essay on HTML maintainability, for the guidance of those who don't appreciate the necessity of it and the subtleties involved.
  • Add numerous entries to the lists of great bells for Germany and other continental European countries.
  • Find and fix obsolete links to the Global Gazetteer.
  • Look for Bing Maps bird's eye views for instruments that do not have Google Maps equivalent views available.  (Beware!  Some areas have pseudo-birdseye views which are merely cleverly distorted versions of vertical views.)
  • Supply all of the "planned" items listed on the Data_Top page.
  • Update all Summaries that are more than a year old.
  • Review the index to the work of miscellaneous bellfoundries to determine whether additional separate indexes should be constructed.
  • Actively hunt for information to resolve various "unknown" details (foundry, year, weight, number, keyboard ranges, etc.), including location and status of Deagan tower chimes that are not yet mapped.
The words "roughly prioritized" indicate that work on many of these tasks may be going on simultaneously, so that particular sub-tasks may be completed in a different sequence.  There will also be changes from time to time that have no apparent connection to any of these major tasks.  Furthermore, there will be no explicit description of revisions to this task list, nor any record of prior revisions to it, though it will move up on this page whenever such a revision occurs.

/signed/   Carl Scott Zimmerman, database owner

2016/02/14 - Revised the links to ANZAB Webpages in all site data pages and indexes for rings in Australia and New Zealand, following discovery of that Website's redesign.

2016/01/15 - Fixed a broken link in the Rincker foundries index page.

2016/01/05 - Revised the Rincker foundry index page, now identified as "Rincker foundries", expanding the history of the Chicago foundry; added H.W.Rincker's great Chicago fire bell to the page of great bells of North America.

Fixed errors in several regional maps for traditional carillons, and made text wording in map headings and info windows more consistent.

Prior years' news has been moved into the following separate files to save space here:

2015 - See What was new in these pages during 2015?
2014 - See What was new in these pages during 2014?
2013 - See What was new in these pages during 2013?
2012 - See What was new in these pages during 2012 - the year of the merger?
A Website history.explains the merger.
2000-2011 - See What was new in the TowerBells pages before the merger?.
1996-2012 - See What was new in the GCNA data pages before the merger?

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