How do we replace TJS in engaging Garcia on The Side?
Short answer, we don't. It had some functionality that is not replaceable by any current resource.
http://jerrygarcia.com/ (JGC) is the current best source. It has the setlists and lots of other info from TJS, and can be a major improvement insofar as it allows commenting. That was a crucial lacuna at TJS, and it will allow "us" to put attendee recollections and such to the relevant shows much more efficiently than TJS could. I hope it becomes a focal point for first person accounts, comments, and lots of other things about Garcia shows.
But JGC doesn't allow the same kind of easy textual and chronological navigation, "just the data, ma'am," that TJS did. The artifice of moving pictures and moving product is obscuring the data underneath. I understand why that's the case, and as a consumer it's great - as a scholar, though, I have to lament it.
Here are the following functions I'd like to see at JGC.
- Much cleaner, table/text based display by year, fewer pictures and more data per page
- Automatically sorts chron, which for some mysterious reason JGC's current display doesn't seem to do?
- Clickable to any date.
- Clickable venue, so that a click returns the list of all shows played at the venue. (TJS had this for a time, but it went away some years ago.)
- Clickable city, as just above.
- Clickable state, as just above.
- Provide a toggle filter for GD, non-GD, both
- Searchable for song, returning results at TJS did - summary statistic (e.g., 189 times played), with tabulation of all shows.
- Better personnel metadata, searchable by performer; this all includes guests. The band data at http://jerrygarcia.com/band/jerry-garcia-band/ are cool, and the timeline is exceptionally useful. I need to explore it more. But the personnel data are essential to preserve for future social network analysts.
In the meantime, here's a tiny hack to make our lives easier: if you use their date format, you can enter dates at the end of URL and get where you want to go. In other words, easier search-by-date operation than the clunky clicks you have to undertake at the current site. The basic format is https://jerrygarcia.com/show/yyyy-mm-dd
This resolves to https://jerrygarcia.com/show/1983-05-31-roseland-ballroom-new-york-ny/
. So I can find individual dates reasonably easily, which was not possible at TJS.
Anyway, let's keep the conversation going about what needs to be done to ensure that we limit backward movement in accessibility upon TJS's demise.