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{{NGS2010 | title = Doing Research in Real Time-An Exhilarating Collaboration Experience! | id = F308 | presenter = [[User:MannAE|Alan E. Mann]], <small>AG<sup>®</sup></small>, [[User:RaymondRS|Robert Raymond]], and [[User:RencherDE|David E. Rencher]], <small>AG<sup>®</sup>, CG<sup>SM</sup>, FIGRS, FUGA</small> }}  
 
{{NGS2010 | title = Doing Research in Real Time-An Exhilarating Collaboration Experience! | id = F308 | presenter = [[User:MannAE|Alan E. Mann]], <small>AG<sup>®</sup></small>, [[User:RaymondRS|Robert Raymond]], and [[User:RencherDE|David E. Rencher]], <small>AG<sup>®</sup>, CG<sup>SM</sup>, FIGRS, FUGA</small> }}  
  
This session illustrates how to do research collaboratively in real time using off-the-shelf products and services to accomplish more in less time and (we think) better results.<br>
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This session illustrates how to do research collaboratively in real time using off-the-shelf products and services to accomplish more in less time and (we think) better results. FamilySearch has produced a video adaptation of this session. In the Learning Center, see "[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/doing-research-in-real-time-a-collaborative-approach/648 Doing Research in Real Time: A Collaborative Approach]."<br>  
  
 
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= Collaboration  =
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= Tools for Real-time Collaboration  =
 
= Tools for Real-time Collaboration  =
  
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We've divided real-time collaboration tools into three types: communication, artifact storage, and aggregation.
  
 
== Communication  ==
 
== Communication  ==
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= Tool Tables  =
 
= Tool Tables  =
  
Additions and corrections to these tables are encouraged. To qualify for inclusion, a tool must either be free or [[FamilySearch Certified|FamilySearch Certified]]. Since the printing of the syllabus, MyFamily.com eliminated a free offering, so it has been removed from the table.<br>
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Additions and corrections to these tables are encouraged. To qualify for inclusion, a tool must either be free or [[FamilySearch Certified|FamilySearch Certified]]. Since the printing of the syllabus, MyFamily.com eliminated a free offering, so it has been removed from the table.<br>  
  
 
The tables in the conference syllabus use the term ''Tree Results'' instead of ''Aggregator''. The tables here have been corrected. The conference syllabus only includes aggregators that provided their own collaborative tree. However, products certified to update the new FamilySearch Tree may be added to the tables below.  
 
The tables in the conference syllabus use the term ''Tree Results'' instead of ''Aggregator''. The tables here have been corrected. The conference syllabus only includes aggregators that provided their own collaborative tree. However, products certified to update the new FamilySearch Tree may be added to the tables below.  
  
We invite everyone to monitor or contribute to the real-time research during the conference session. Tools and session participation links are subject to change. Check here before the session for the latest plans.
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== Collaboration Tools from Google  ==
 
== Collaboration Tools from Google  ==
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! scope="col" | Session Participation Link<br>
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! scope="col" | Notes<br>
 
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| [http://www.blogger.com/ Google Blogger]<br>
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| [http://www.blogger.com/ Google Blogger]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>  
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Although we have set up [http://ngs2010x.blogspot.com/ NGS2010X Blog] and [mailto:Robert.Raymond.NGS2010X@blogger.com E-mail], we do not plan to use them during the demonstration.
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| HTML and images. Picasa has 1 GB free storage space.<br>
 
| HTML and images. Picasa has 1 GB free storage space.<br>
 
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| [http://groups.google.com/ Google Groups<br>]
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| [http://groups.google.com/ Google Groups<br>]  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>  
| align="center" | <br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| Provides messaging and a file area for any file type. Uses upload throttling and 100 MB storage space.<br>
 
| Provides messaging and a file area for any file type. Uses upload throttling and 100 MB storage space.<br>
 
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| [http://docs.google.com/ Google Docs]<br>
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| [http://docs.google.com/ Google Drive]&nbsp;<br>  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>  
| align="center" | Following the demonstration, click this [http://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B6SYSoDZfwK4MTI1NTFiMWItOWZlMS00MmZkLWFiNmMtMTE0YzNlMDY2ODBk&hl=en web link]&nbsp;to access the research log created for the research session.
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| Store any file type. 5 GB storage space.<br>
| Store any file type. 1 GB storage space.<br>
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| [http://mail.google.com/ Google Gmail]<br>
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| [http://mail.google.com/ Google Gmail]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>  
| align="center" | <br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| Messages are private. Free storage space is 10 GB.<br><br>
| Messages are private. Free storage space is 7 GB+.<br><br>
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| [http://wave.google.com/ Google Wave]<br>
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| [http://wave.google.com/ Google Blogs]<br>  
| align="center" | &nbsp; Needs investigation<br>
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| align="center" | &nbsp; Blog Communication<br>  
| align="center" | <br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| Up to 100 blogs per account.<br>
| Don't know.<br>
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| [http://mail.google.com/ Google Buzz]<br>
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| [https://tools.google.com/dlpage/hangoutplugin Google Hangouts]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Chat, Voice, Video Conferencing<br>  
| align="center" | <br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| Cloud Storage supplied by Google Drive, YouTube<br>
| Like Gmail, but messages can be shared. Same storage space as Gmail: 7 GB+.<br>
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| [http://picasaweb.google.com/ Google Picasa]<br>
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| [http://picasaweb.google.com/ Google Picasa]<br>  
| align="center" | Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Artifacts<br>  
| align="center" | <br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| 1 GB storage space.<br>
 
| 1 GB storage space.<br>
 
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== Collaboration Tools from FamilySearch  ==
 
== Collaboration Tools from FamilySearch  ==
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! scope="col" | Purpose<br>
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! scope="col" | Session Participation Link<br>
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! scope="col" | Cost<br>  
! scope="col" | Cost<br>
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! scope="col" | Notes<br>
 
! scope="col" | Notes<br>
 
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| [http://wiki.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Wiki]<br>
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| [http://wiki.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Wiki]<br>  
| align="center" | See notes<br>
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| align="center" | See notes<br>  
| align="center" | [{{fullurl:{{PAGENAME}}}} {{fullurl:{{PAGENAME}}}}]<br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| Textual information about locations and records can be entered into the wiki. Information about individuals and families can not.<br>
 
| Textual information about locations and records can be entered into the wiki. Information about individuals and families can not.<br>
 
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| [http://forums.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Forums] (beta)<br>
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| [http://forums.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Forums] (beta)<br>  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>  
| align="center" | We don't plan to use it, but should we post anything on the Forums, we will include this tag: NGS2010X<br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| jpeg file size limited to 976 KB, other image formats are limited to 620 x 280 pixels.<br>
 
| jpeg file size limited to 976 KB, other image formats are limited to 620 x 280 pixels.<br>
 
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| [http://new.familysearch.org new FamilySearch] Tree<br>
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| [http://new.familysearch.org new FamilySearch] Tree<br>  
| align="center" | <br>Aggregation<br><br>
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| align="center" | <br>Aggregation<br><br>  
| align="center" | <br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| Gradual release to the general public sometime in 2010.<br>
 
| Gradual release to the general public sometime in 2010.<br>
 
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== Collaboration Tools from Certified FamilySearch Affiliates  ==
 
== Collaboration Tools from Certified FamilySearch Affiliates  ==
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! scope="col" | Purpose<br>
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! scope="col" | Purpose<br>  
! scope="col" | Session Participation Link<br>
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! scope="col" | Cost<br>  
! scope="col" | Cost<br>
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! scope="col" | Notes<br>
 
! scope="col" | Notes<br>
 
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| [http://www.ancquest.com/aq_collab.htm Ancestral Quest NetFam]<br>
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| [http://www.ancquest.com/aq_collab.htm Ancestral Quest NetFam]<br>  
| align="center" | Aggregation<br>
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| align="center" | Aggregation<br>  
| <br>
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| align="center" | $29.95<br>  
| align="center" | $29.95<br>
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| Online tree uses check-in/check-out to a desktop application.<br>
 
| Online tree uses check-in/check-out to a desktop application.<br>
 
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| [http://www.appletree.com Appletree]<br>
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| [http://www.appletree.com Appletree]<br>  
| align="center" | Artifacts, Aggregation<br>
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| align="center" | Artifacts, Aggregation<br>  
| <br>
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| align="center" | $59.40/yr<br>  
| align="center" | $59.40/yr<br>
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| [http://www.arcalife.com Arcalife]<br>
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| [http://www.arcalife.com Arcalife]<br>  
| align="center" | Artifacts, Aggregation<br>
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| align="center" | Artifacts, Aggregation<br>  
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| align="center" | Free or $250<br>  
| align="center" | Free or $250<br>
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| Limited or 10 GB storage space. [This site can no longer be found.&nbsp; The last reference to it on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine is September 2012.]<br>
| Limited or 10 GB storage space.<br>
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| [http://www.familypursuit.com/ FamilyPursuit]<br>
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| [http://www.familypursuit.com/ FamilyPursuit]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts,† Aggregation<br>
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| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts,† Aggregation<br>  
| <br>
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| align="center" | Free or<br>† 59.95/yr<br>  
| align="center" | Free or<br>† 59.95/yr<br>
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| 1 GB storage space. <br>† Storing artifacts requires a subscription of 59.95/yr.<br>
 
| 1 GB storage space. <br>† Storing artifacts requires a subscription of 59.95/yr.<br>
 
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| [http://www.mobiletree.me/ Mobiletree]<br>
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| [http://www.mobiletree.me/ Mobiletree]<br>  
| align="center" | Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Artifacts<br>  
| <br>
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| align="center" | $9.99 <br>  
| align="center" | $4.99 <br>
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| iPhone application. Requires an account for the new FamilySearch tree. Accounts will be available to the general public gradually, starting sometime in 2010.<br>
 
| iPhone application. Requires an account for the new FamilySearch tree. Accounts will be available to the general public gradually, starting sometime in 2010.<br>
 
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| [http://www.onegreatfamily.com/ One Great Family]<br>
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| [http://www.onegreatfamily.com/ One Great Family]<br>  
| align="center" | Artifacts, Aggregation<br>
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| <br>
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| align="center" | $80/yr.<br>  
| align="center" | $80/yr.<br>
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| <br>
 
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| [http://www.photoloom.com/ Photoloom]<br>
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| [http://www.photoloom.com/ Photoloom]<br>  
| align="center" | Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Artifacts<br>  
| <br>
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| align="center" | Free or $39/yr.<br>  
| align="center" | Free or $39/yr.<br>
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| Users may store up to XX photographs for free.<br>
 
| Users may store up to XX photographs for free.<br>
 
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| Other affiliates<br>
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| Other affiliates<br>  
| align="center" | Aggregation<br>
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| align="center" | Aggregation<br>  
| <br>
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| align="center" | <br>  
| align="center" | <br>
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| '''Needed: '''Someone needs to add the other NFS update certified programs.<br>
 
| '''Needed: '''Someone needs to add the other NFS update certified programs.<br>
 
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== Collaboration Tools from Ancestry.com, Inc. and RootsWeb  ==
 
== Collaboration Tools from Ancestry.com, Inc. and RootsWeb  ==
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! scope="col" | Purpose<br>
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! scope="col" | Session Participation Link<br>
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! scope="col" | Cost<br>  
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! scope="col" | Notes<br>
 
! scope="col" | Notes<br>
 
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| [http://trees.ancestry.com Ancestry.com Member Trees]<br>
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| [http://trees.ancestry.com Ancestry.com Member Trees]<br>  
| align="center" | Artifacts, Tree results<br>
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| align="center" | Artifacts, Tree results<br>  
| Although we do not plan to use it during the demonstration, afterwards we will post a link to an Ancestry.com public member tree containing essentially the same documents as those we post on Footnote.com.
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| align="center" | Free<br>  
| align="center" | Free<br>
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| Collaborators must be invited to make changes to the tree. Files can be up to 15 MB of types: text, MS.doc, PDF, jpg, png, gif, tiff, and bmp. No known storage space limit.<br>
 
| Collaborators must be invited to make changes to the tree. Files can be up to 15 MB of types: text, MS.doc, PDF, jpg, png, gif, tiff, and bmp. No known storage space limit.<br>
 
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| [http://boards.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com]/ [http://boards.rootsweb.com/ RootsWeb Message Boards]<br>
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| [http://boards.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com]/ [http://boards.rootsweb.com/ RootsWeb Message Boards]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts<br>  
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| align="center" | Free<br>  
| align="center" | Free<br>
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| Supports attachments of GEDCOM and some image files up to 4 MB. No known storage space limit.<br>
 
| Supports attachments of GEDCOM and some image files up to 4 MB. No known storage space limit.<br>
 
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| [http://genforum.genealogy.com GenForum]<br>
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| [http://genforum.genealogy.com GenForum]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication<br>
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| align="center" | Communication<br>  
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| align="center" | Free<br>  
| align="center" | Free<br>
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== Other Collaboration Tools  ==
 
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! scope="col" | Cost<br>  
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! scope="col" | Notes<br>
 
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| [http://www.facebook.com/ Facebook]<br>
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| [http://www.facebook.com/ Facebook]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts (low resolution), Aggregation<br>
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| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts (low resolution), Aggregation<br>  
| <br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| '''Needed: '''someone to check the storage space available on Facebook. Also see <br>
 
| '''Needed: '''someone to check the storage space available on Facebook. Also see <br>
 
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| [http://www.familylink.com/ FamilyLink.com]<br>
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| [http://www.familylink.com/ FamilyLink.com]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts?, Aggregation<br>
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| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts?, Aggregation<br>  
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| '''Needed: '''someone to check this row of the table.<br>
 
| '''Needed: '''someone to check this row of the table.<br>
 
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| [http://www.flickr.com/ Flickr]<br>
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| [http://www.flickr.com/ Flickr]<br>  
| align="center" | Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Artifacts<br>  
| <br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| 100 MB storage space.<br>
 
| 100 MB storage space.<br>
 
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| [http://www.footnote.com/ Footnote People Pages]<br>
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| [http://www.footnote.com/ Footnote People Pages]<br>  
| align="center" | Artifacts, Aggregation<br>
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| align="center" | Artifacts, Aggregation<br>  
| The day of the session, we will post a participation link here.
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| File types: jpg, gif, tif, png upto 10 MB in size. No known storage limit.<br>
 
| File types: jpg, gif, tif, png upto 10 MB in size. No known storage limit.<br>
 
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| [http://www.photobucket.com/ Photobucket]<br>
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| [http://www.photobucket.com/ Photobucket]<br>  
| align="center" | Artifacts<br>
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| align="center" | Artifacts<br>  
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| 10 GB/month download bandwidth limit. 500 MB storage space.<br>
 
| 10 GB/month download bandwidth limit. 500 MB storage space.<br>
 
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| [http://www.skype.com/ Skype]<br>
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| [http://www.skype.com/ Skype]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication<br>
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| align="center" | Communication<br>  
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| '''Needed: '''someone to check this row of the table.<br>
 
| '''Needed: '''someone to check this row of the table.<br>
 
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| [http://www.twitter.com/ Twitter]<br>
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| [http://www.twitter.com/ Twitter]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication<br>
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| align="center" | Communication<br>  
| align="center" | We will monitor this hash tag during the presentation: #[http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23NGS2010X NGS2010X]<br>
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| Text only with 140 character message limit.<br>
 
| Text only with 140 character message limit.<br>
 
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| [http://groups.yahoo.com/ Yahoo Groups]<br>
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| [http://groups.yahoo.com/ Yahoo Groups]<br>  
| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts, Aggregation<br>
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| align="center" | Communication, Artifacts, Aggregation<br>  
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| Free<br>  
| Free<br>
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| Various free screen sharing and online meeting tools<br>  
| align="center" | Communication<br>
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| align="center" | Communication<br>  
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| '''Needed''': Someone needs to add the various free screen sharing and online meeting tools.<br>
 
| '''Needed''': Someone needs to add the various free screen sharing and online meeting tools.<br>
 
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| align="center" | Aggregation<br>
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| align="center" | Aggregation<br>  
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| '''Needed''': Someone needs to add the various free online collaborative trees.<br>
 
| '''Needed''': Someone needs to add the various free online collaborative trees.<br>
 
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= Post Project Followup  =
 
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Following a research project, participants will want to go back through the results of the project, proof reading information, checking conclusions, and offering further research suggestions to the primary participant.  
 
Following a research project, participants will want to go back through the results of the project, proof reading information, checking conclusions, and offering further research suggestions to the primary participant.  
  
Thank you to everyone that attended and participated in this session. Hopefully you enjoyed the session as much as we did. We promised we'd post some links and some answers to questions. ''[As of this moment, we have some cleanup to do, so you'll see the websites in need of post-project cleanup.]''
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== Examples From Our Session  ==
  
*[http://www.footnote.com/page/111153343_peyton_c_clements/ Results of our research using Footnote person pages]. Any registered user can make changes to these pages. We invite you to extend our results.&nbsp;
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*[http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AqSYSoDZfwK4dEdmekFkWFNVeThMZ3E1MDNQd1FzWGc&hl=en&single=true&gid=0&output=html Our research log]. This is the log of what we had scripted to do, not what you saw happen.
*[http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/17387474/person/503841443 Results of our research in an Ancestry.com member tree].&nbsp;To see&nbsp;the results, you must have&nbsp;a subscription or you must be [http://trees.ancestryinstitution.com/tree/17387474/person/503841443 in the Family History Library] or [http://trees.ancestrylibrary.com/tree/17387474/person/503841443 in a public library]. Only members of our research project team can make changes to these pages.  
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*[http://www.footnote.com/page/111153343_peyton_c_clements/ Results of our research using Footnote person pages]. Any registered user can make changes to these pages. We invite you to extend our results.  
*[http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AqSYSoDZfwK4dEdmekFkWFNVeThMZ3E1MDNQd1FzWGc&hl=en&single=true&gid=0&output=html Our research log]. This is the log of what we had scripted to do, not what you saw happen. ''[As of this moment, the research log includes our intended script.]''
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*[http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/17387474/person/503841443 Results of our research in an Ancestry.com member tree]. To see the results, you must have a subscription or you must be [http://trees.ancestryinstitution.com/tree/17387474/person/503841443 in the Family History Library] or [http://trees.ancestrylibrary.com/tree/17387474/person/503841443 in a public library]. Only members of our research project team can make changes to these pages.
  
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NGS2010 125.png A presentation given by FamilySearch staff "Doing Research in Real Time-An Exhilarating Collaboration Experience!" (F308), at the National Genealogical Society 2010 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. , presented by Alan E. Mann, AG®, Robert Raymond, and David E. Rencher, AG®, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA .


This session illustrates how to do research collaboratively in real time using off-the-shelf products and services to accomplish more in less time and (we think) better results. FamilySearch has produced a video adaptation of this session. In the Learning Center, see "Doing Research in Real Time: A Collaborative Approach."

Contents

Collaboration

While our presentation focuses on the tools and benefits of real-time collaboration, the research process benefits from both real-time and non-real-time collaboration. Consider choosing real-time tools that give all the collaborators time for later absorption and analysis of the results. Hypotheses can then be added, reviewed and discussed asynchronously, leading to richer, fuller analysis, and eventually sounder conclusions. For example, an online research log allows for real-time sharing and assigning of research tasks, but also enables further collaboration.

Tools for Real-time Collaboration

We've divided real-time collaboration tools into three types: communication, artifact storage, and aggregation.

Communication

These tools are used for "command and control" of a real time research session. This allows coordinated research activities. Assignments are given, results are reported, and a research log is produced. With this ability, the group is able to account for expected and unexpected results.

Artifacts

Artifact tools are used to share the documentary evidence that supports the research. These artifacts may include, but are not limited to: original vital records, probate, land, tax and other supporting evidence; photographs of tombstones, newspaper clippings – especially obituaries; summaries of oral interviews, etc. These artifacts need to be organized to tell the story and provide the evidentiary materials in such a way that other researchers have access to the materials for their own interpretation.

Aggregator

To aggregate the information streaming in from the various sources, an aggregation tool is necessary. This allows everyone to see the results of the research and to monitor progress. It also provides a critical analysis function by allowing visibility into the whole of the genealogical problem as it develops.

Tool Tables

Additions and corrections to these tables are encouraged. To qualify for inclusion, a tool must either be free or FamilySearch Certified. Since the printing of the syllabus, MyFamily.com eliminated a free offering, so it has been removed from the table.

The tables in the conference syllabus use the term Tree Results instead of Aggregator. The tables here have been corrected. The conference syllabus only includes aggregators that provided their own collaborative tree. However, products certified to update the new FamilySearch Tree may be added to the tables below.





Collaboration Tools from Google

Tool
Purpose
Cost
Notes
Google Blogger
Communication, Artifacts
Free
HTML and images. Picasa has 1 GB free storage space.
Google Groups
Communication, Artifacts
Free
Provides messaging and a file area for any file type. Uses upload throttling and 100 MB storage space.
Google Drive 
Communication, Artifacts
Free
Store any file type. 5 GB storage space.
Google Gmail
Communication, Artifacts
Free
Messages are private. Free storage space is 10 GB.

Google Blogs
  Blog Communication
Free
Up to 100 blogs per account.
Google Hangouts
Chat, Voice, Video Conferencing
Free
Cloud Storage supplied by Google Drive, YouTube
Google Picasa
Artifacts
Free
1 GB storage space.






Collaboration Tools from FamilySearch

Tool
Purpose
Cost
Notes
FamilySearch Wiki
See notes
Free
Textual information about locations and records can be entered into the wiki. Information about individuals and families can not.
FamilySearch Forums (beta)
Communication, Artifacts
Free
jpeg file size limited to 976 KB, other image formats are limited to 620 x 280 pixels.
new FamilySearch Tree

Aggregation

Free
Gradual release to the general public sometime in 2010.






Collaboration Tools from Certified FamilySearch Affiliates

Tool
Purpose
Cost
Notes
Ancestral Quest NetFam
Aggregation
$29.95
Online tree uses check-in/check-out to a desktop application.
Appletree
Artifacts, Aggregation
$59.40/yr

Arcalife
Artifacts, Aggregation
Free or $250
Limited or 10 GB storage space. [This site can no longer be found.  The last reference to it on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine is September 2012.]
FamilyPursuit
Communication, Artifacts,† Aggregation
Free or
† 59.95/yr
1 GB storage space.
† Storing artifacts requires a subscription of 59.95/yr.
Mobiletree
Artifacts
$9.99
iPhone application. Requires an account for the new FamilySearch tree. Accounts will be available to the general public gradually, starting sometime in 2010.
One Great Family
Artifacts, Aggregation
$80/yr.

Photoloom
Artifacts
Free or $39/yr.
Users may store up to XX photographs for free.
Other affiliates
Aggregation

Needed: Someone needs to add the other NFS update certified programs.






Collaboration Tools from Ancestry.com, Inc. and RootsWeb

Tool
Purpose
Cost
Notes
Ancestry.com Member Trees
Artifacts, Tree results
Free
Collaborators must be invited to make changes to the tree. Files can be up to 15 MB of types: text, MS.doc, PDF, jpg, png, gif, tiff, and bmp. No known storage space limit.
Ancestry.com/ RootsWeb Message Boards
Communication, Artifacts
Free
Supports attachments of GEDCOM and some image files up to 4 MB. No known storage space limit.
GenForum
Communication
Free






Other Collaboration Tools

Tool
Purpose
Cost
Notes
Facebook
Communication, Artifacts (low resolution), Aggregation
Free
Needed: someone to check the storage space available on Facebook. Also see
FamilyLink.com
Communication, Artifacts?, Aggregation
Free
Needed: someone to check this row of the table.
Flickr
Artifacts
Free
100 MB storage space.
Footnote People Pages
Artifacts, Aggregation
Free
File types: jpg, gif, tif, png upto 10 MB in size. No known storage limit.
Photobucket
Artifacts
Free
10 GB/month download bandwidth limit. 500 MB storage space.
Skype
Communication
Free
Needed: someone to check this row of the table.
Twitter
Communication
Free
Text only with 140 character message limit.
Yahoo Groups
Communication, Artifacts, Aggregation
Free

Various free screen sharing and online meeting tools
Communication
Free
Needed: Someone needs to add the various free screen sharing and online meeting tools.
Various online, free collaborative trees
Aggregation
Free
Needed: Someone needs to add the various free online collaborative trees.


Post Project Followup

Following a research project, participants will want to go back through the results of the project, proof reading information, checking conclusions, and offering further research suggestions to the primary participant.

Examples From Our Session


Summary

The desired outcome for this presentation is that you will take away the knowledge that research can be conducted in dramatically different ways than you may be used to doing. More people can participate, producing more artifacts and results in less time, making your valuable research time more productive.