Database hardcopy (printouts)

Definition:  As now used on this page, "hardcopy" means a file in Portable Document Format (PDF) that you can download and print for yourself.  (Once upon a time, it meant a paper printout that we would produce and mail to you through the postal service; unfortunately, the printer that was used for that has died and cannot be replaced.)

"Why would I want special hardcopy when I can print Web pages right from my browser?"  That question may be in your mind right now.  There are several possible answers, mostly related to the fact that the site data pages on this Website are produced from a database which was originally designed to support print media.  (Don't overlook Disadvantages of hardcopy, below.)

Disadvantages of hardcopy (printouts and/or PDF)

Disadvantages specific to PDF (Portable Document Format) files

Downloading database printouts

Adobe Reader icon Selected standard database printouts are available online as PDF files which may be downloaded and printed.  If you don't yet have computer software that will display and print such files, then you can download the free Adobe Reader by clicking the icon at right:
Versions of the Adobe Reader are available for many different computer systems.

Below are listed the currently available files (with date, page count, download size); the sites included in each file correspond closely to those listed on this Website as of the effective date, except as indicated.

Expanded information

Here is the additional information referenced from various places above.

What else is in the database:
The following items are in addition to what is displayed on individual site data pages and described elsewhere on this Website:

-> a potentially complete technical description of each phase of an instrument's evolution before the present state, including prior instruments at the same site that were totally replaced
-> type of institution
-> religious denomination of the institution (if any)
-> latitude and longitude to the nearest minute (may be estimated), with north latitude and west longitude positive.
    (Note that this longitude convention is the opposite of that used by all online mapping services and by our own mapping systems.)

=> When a complete geographic region (see below) is listed, there is additional plain text "comment" material at the head of each internal subdivision and interspersed among the site data entries.

NOTE:  The fact that the database can contain such details for any instrument should not be construed as implying that the database does contain such details for every instrument.  Much information remains to be acquired.

How hardcopy is geographically organized into regions:
* North America includes Canada, Mexico and the USA.
North American carillons (traditional and non-traditional intermingled)
North American chimes and chimolas (separate files, combined for standard hardcopy)
North American rings
North American tubular tower chimes (carillon-sized and chime-sized intermingled)
* In each of the following geographic regions, chimes and rings are in subdivisions after carillons (traditional and non-traditional intermingled), and tubular tower chimes are omitted:
Central and South America
Africa and the Middle East
Asia and the Pacific Rim, including Australia, New Zealand, etc.
Europe and North Atlantic (all countries not separately listed below, including Russia)
British Isles (including Ireland and adjacent islands, but omitting rings and tubular chimes)
Denmark and dependencies (present or former)

Tubular tower chimes worldwide outside North America (see above) but omitting the British Isles.

NOTE:  Geographic regions can be merged to a limited extent in a custom selection unit.  Unfortunately, it is not possible to treat the entire world as a custom selection unit, because of computer limitations.  However, it is possible to treat either the entire Eastern Hemisphere or the entire Western Hemisphere as a custom selection unit, with or without the inclusion of tubular tower chimes.

How hardcopy is logically organized:
Within a geographical region or a custom selection unit are two or three subsections:
-> Master Information Listing, or MIL (plain text data)
-> Condensed Information Listing, or CIL (tabular technical data)
-> Summaries (optional)
*   If defunct sites are known in a region, then both of the Listings (or subsections of Listings) are subdivided into extant and defunct sites, in that order.
*   Within a Listing (or a subdivision), sites are shown in alphabetical order by city.
*   For a custom selection unit, a different sort order can be specified; this may merge the extant and defunct subdivisions of included regions.

After the last geographical region of a standard hardcopy there may be composite summaries for all regions.  (This is not applicable to custom selection units.)

Useful selection criteria:
Any or all of the following criteria may be used to select a desired set of sites from one or more geographic regions:
+ maximum and minimum latitude and longitude (to the nearest minute)
+ country and state (in USA)
+ country and province (in Canada or Italy)
+ country and département (in France)
+ country (anywhere)
+ bellfounder code letter
+ size (number of bells--exact value or min/max)
+ missing/added chromatics code letter
+ principal action code letter
+ any keyboard specification value
+ institutional code letter
+ denominational code letter
+ source code letter
+ source year (exact value or min/max, as YY or **)
+ date of most recent change to plain text data (what goes into a MIL, as YYMMDD)
+ date of most recent change to technical data (what goes into a CIL, as YYMMDD)

For any of these criteria, the matching test can be any one of the following:
    less than, less than or equal, equal, greater than or equal, greater than, not equal

NOTE:  This is not a complete list of all possible selection criteria.  Consult the author about whether it might be possible to select sites using a criterion of your choice.  It is not possible to select based on the content of any plain text type.

Display criteria:
For any set of sites selected using various selection criteria, the resulting display can be varied as follows:
+ include in or omit from a Master Information Listing each of the six main types of plain text information:  name, location, player, contact, schedule, remarks
+ include or omit a Condensed Information Listing
+ include various types of Summaries

Custom publication:
A custom publication is a database printout (PDF) made to order.  At the maximum, it can display all public information about every site in the database.  At the minimum, it can display only those sites within a single geographic region which meet criteria specified by the customer (see above).  In any case, it will include a title page, copyright information and copying restrictions, and several pages of text explaining how to interpret the data presented therein.

If you think that a custom publication might fit your needs better than the standard publications presently available as PDFs (see downloads above), then see the print-to-order page.

Hardcopy history:
Nov. 1970 - First article for the Bulletin of the GCNA
Dec. 1971 - Update article for the Bulletin of the GCNA
Dec. 1973 - Update article for the Bulletin of the GCNA
Sep. 1976 - Update article for the Bulletin of the GCNA
Jul. 1979 - First edition of Carillons of the World ("press run" was 75 copies on microfiche)
Jan. 1980 - Update article for the Bulletin of the GCNA.  The composite of the articles to this date is essentially equivalent to the North American portion of the first edition of Carillons of the World.
1990-1992 - Seven custom database extracts for various people and purposes
Jan. 1992 - Update article for the Bulletin of the GCNA (Vol.XLI)
Jan. 1992 - First edition of Carillons of the Americas (press run not recorded), essentially equivalent to the collective content of the six Bulletin articles to date.
Dec. 1992 - The Editor of the Bulletin decided that no further update articles would be published.
1992-2001 - Thirty-one custom database extracts for various people and purposes
Jan. 2002 - Basic hardcopy made available online as PDF files; includes a complete equivalent of Carillons of the Americas.
Nov. 2007 - Standard hardcopy made available online as PDF files; includes a complete equivalent of Carillons of the Americas, plus most of what would be Carillons of the World.  (Missing were Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands.)
Apr. 2014 - Online PDF files expanded to include all geographic regions, as well as tubular tower chimes outside of North America.  This is a complete equivalent of Carillons of the World.  In future, revisions of individual files will not be noted here.

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