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Introduction to BetterGEDCOM Video

November 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Build a BetterGEDCOM Press Release

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

A grass roots initiative to improve data exchange among genealogists

Tuesday Nov 9, 2010. Alexandria, VA. A group of genealogists and programmers
have established a workspace called Build A BetterGEDCOM for developing better
data exchange standards to facilitate sharing between researchers using a
variety of technology platforms, genealogy products and services.

“Genealogy software users are painfully aware that sharing data with other
researchers is difficult since the existing GEDCOM (GENealogy Data
COMmunication) file transfer script hasn’t been updated in 14 years. In the
meantime genealogists have incorporated tools with expanded capabilities
reflecting changing technology,” says Russ Worthington, a genealogy software
power user and popular genealogy lecturer.

In developing a wiki site for pulling together genealogy software programmers,
website developers and end users, genealogy blogger DearMYRTLE explains “The
focus is cooperation. We seek solutions that will enable regular researchers
like me to share genealogy with cousins regardless of the genealogy program
they’ve chosen to use. The current GEDCOM file exchange strips out much of my
hard work, leaving only some of the data I’ve typed in and attached to each
well-documented ancestor. We experience similar problems when uploading and
downloading our genealogy data with popular genealogy websites. If all genealogy product developers agree to a BetterGEDCOM format, such problems will be overcome.”

The BetterGEDCOM wiki site is open to all, and is located

“BetterGEDCOM will be independent. This means no single entity who has an
interest in our work will be the single driving force. Likewise, no work that
anyone has done will be the defined starting place or the de facto basis of our
work.” says Greg Lamberson, the technician who developed initial pages at the
BetterGEDCOM wiki. “We also seek to account for language and cultural
differences as we develop data standards for recording family history
information in text and multi-media formats. Input from BetterGEDCOM
participants the world over is a vital component of this initiative.”

“BetterGEDCOM will seek ISO recognition or recognition by other international
standards bodies,” continues Greg. “This has never been done in the genealogical community. This means we will have to be a community effort with participation by a substantial part of the genealogical technology community. Also, unlike previous efforts, having standards actually codified will provide developers a framework to resolve ambiguities, conflicts or other problems that may develop in using the standard as well as a way to correct or amend the standard as needed.”

“Indeed everyone seems to be ready for something new,” says Greg. “Every person
I have talked to agrees that now is the time for action. The BetterGEDCOM
project invites all to participate so that we may achieve meaningful results.”

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Pat Richley-Erickson

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