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Conversations With Philatelists - Ep. 41: Stamp Smarter And The Future Of Online Philately

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Posted 03/08/2021   3:26 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add 51studebaker to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Charles and Michael contacted me a few weeks ago and invited me to sit down with them for a discussion how Stamp Smarter came into being and my opinion on the role that digital philately plays in our hobby. The Podcast is here

Conversations with Philatelists - Ep. 41: Stamp Smarter and the Future of Online Philately
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A big 'thank you' to these fellows for helping promote our hobby.
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Posted 03/08/2021   3:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Don. I cannot wait to watch it this evening.
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Posted 03/08/2021   5:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Andyrich74 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Worth a watch for everyone here.

Appreciated the segment on stamp colors/color gauges.
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Posted 03/08/2021   5:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great interview. I really enjoyed it.
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Posted 03/08/2021   6:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Gibby01 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent interview, thank you for posting.
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Posted 03/08/2021   6:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Oracle of Delphi to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent video. Recommend it to everyone here.
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Posted 03/09/2021   01:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Coastwatcher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent video Don! Your discussion of color was extremely interesting to me. Thank you for all of the hard work that you have put into the furtherance of philately!
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Posted 03/09/2021   07:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don,

What have you done to make arrangements for stampsmarter to continue into the future when we're no longer on the planet? Have you secured any proxies/foundations/sponsors in order to keep alive your project/vision and work? It would be a shame for something so good not to continue and to continue being improved and maintained.

One aspect you guys discussed was sharing your collection with others. I think it would be fun and exciting to do so, but I doubt many of us would/do because of the security implications involved with someone knowing who/where you are and what you possess would make it more likely for someone to target you for theft.

One thing I'd sure like to see is a digital identification tool that really worked, that could take 2 pictures (front and back) and automatically detect secret marks, grills, colors, plating, etc.....the way the bank lets you deposit a check by phone now (it does the picture focusing for you) ... still a dream I know, but...

Thank You for you excellent contribution to stamp collecting community! - Jim
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Posted 03/09/2021   07:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add m and m to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
don that was a terrific interview. I am in awe over your efforts to improve the hobby. guys your episodes have all been interesting and informative and I look forward to your continuing efforts.
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Posted 03/09/2021   09:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice discussion.

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Posted 03/09/2021   09:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add funcitypapa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very good discussion
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Posted 03/09/2021   09:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

IMO "Conversations" is one of the better APS innovations of late. The enthusiasm of the two young hosts is palpable. And this latest episode with SCF's own Don Denman is both informative and inspirational.

Don, it has been a pleasure to get to know you across the past few years. Your promotion of philatelic education, in a variety of forms, represents a significant (and durable) contribution to the hobby.

Thank you, Don for your dedication and generosity.

Who says the hobby is dying!!
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Posted 03/09/2021   09:46 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Hi Jim,
I have explored various ways to ensure that the Stamp Smarter continues forward into the future; ideally some of our philatelic libraries would be able to accept digital donations and keep philatelic websites publicly published.
There is support for this from a few libraries but their 'digital archiving' means throwing a DVD disk or USB drive with the website files on a dusty shelf. Since most all websites require a web server to actually work, having some files on a disk makes it virtually inaccessible to the hobby. So year after year we continue to have philatelic web sites going dark and we face a constant 'brain drain'.
From a library/archiving standpoint why are digital efforts consider less important that hard copy efforts? Is pouring 2000 man hours into a hard copy book somehow more 'worthy' than pouring 2000 man hours into a website content?

This frustrated me about 7 years ago and I decided to not wait around to see if the library/archive solution would ever come to fruition. So currently the situation is that the Stamp Smarter website is configured to be as self-sustaining as possible. Donations go straight into an account which pays the hosting fees and no human intervention is required to keep the site published online. All the community database projects are 'crowd sourced' and have a large number of folks who have full access to them. These folks have the ability to not only add/edit the content but also download the community project database content 24/7/365. I view the website as a delivery vehicle, the real value is the content itself and not my web page coding. As such a significant amount of the Stamp Smarter philatelic content is stored in SQL databases which should be viable for decades to come no matter how much the user interface(s) may evolve. The Stamp Smarter site has the ability to keep running fine if I drop dead.

I am also open to other solutions if any long-term organization desires to address their inability to properly archive digital content donations.
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Posted 03/09/2021   11:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This was a wonderful interview Don. The segment on color was particularly interesting to me.

Your contributions to the hobby are so great and I am thankful to you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.

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Posted 03/09/2021   11:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don,

Great content and clear explanation of what you have done for the hobby. Thank you for sharing.
It was also nice to see a "live" SCF member!
Excellent work!

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Posted 03/09/2021   10:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bumping this topic again so it is on the hot list. It deserves more attention.
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