New features

As announced last week, there is a database update that affects both the data and their presentation on this site. Thank you for bearing with us during the scheduled downtime of Friday morning.

Here is the changelog:

* The biggest update is by far the replacement of the obsolete browse by location table with a more suitable interactive map. All the locations known to have housed musical performances or listening experiences are plotted and aggregated by city or country, depending on the zoom level. The aggregation and plotting are performed based on information harvested from Wikipedia infoboxes (or DBpedia for those who dig Linked Data), so although there may be a few incongruences, it can only get better over time. Note that, although the map is formatted by the modern geopolitical layout, historical locations (e.g. Prussia or Constantinople) are still shown on the right-side table and in most cases plotted on the map as well.

* A table that lists the latest experiences approved was added here. This should help everyone keep track of the progress of data moderation.

* All the existing tables for browsing LED data were also redone. They are now computed server-side, so although this puts some load on our servers, they should perform more or less the same on any client device, regardless of how powerful its hardware is. Every table was also expanded to show more meaningful and aggregated information, such as the distinct excerpts of a single source document, the number of distinct performances of a piece of music, which roles a person or group had in listening experiences and how many times.

* The state of each table is also recorded into your Web browser for some time: if you move from a table to another page then later return to the table, it will remember (for a while) the settings it had the last time you checked it, such as page, sort field and keyword filter.

As usual, you can head to our forum for feedback.

Stay experienced
- The LED development team