Doing Research in Real Time

From FamilySearch Wiki

(Difference between revisions)
(Add links to aggregated results)
m (research log is ready)
Line 307: Line 307:
 
*[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://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://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.  
 
*[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.  
*[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.]''
+
*[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.
  
 
<br>
 
<br>

Revision as of 15:18, 1 May 2010

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.

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


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.

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.

Collaboration Tools from Google

Tool
Purpose
Session Participation Link
Cost
Notes
Google Blogger
Communication, Artifacts

Although we have set up NGS2010X Blog and E-mail, we do not plan to use them during the demonstration.

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 Docs
Communication, Artifacts
Following the demonstration, click this web link to access the research log created for the research session. Free
Store any file type. 1 GB storage space.
Google Gmail
Communication, Artifacts

Free
Messages are private. Free storage space is 7 GB+.

Google Wave
  Needs investigation

Free
Don't know.
Google Buzz
Communication, Artifacts

Free
Like Gmail, but messages can be shared. Same storage space as Gmail: 7 GB+.
Google Picasa
Artifacts

Free
1 GB storage space.


Collaboration Tools from FamilySearch

Tool
Purpose
Session Participation Link
Cost
Notes
FamilySearch Wiki
See notes
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Doing_Research_in_Real_Time
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
We don't plan to use it, but should we post anything on the Forums, we will include this tag: NGS2010X
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
Session Participation Link
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.
FamilyPursuit
Communication, Artifacts,† Aggregation

Free or
† 59.95/yr
1 GB storage space.
† Storing artifacts requires a subscription of 59.95/yr.
Mobiletree
Artifacts

$4.99
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
Session Participation Link
Cost
Notes
Ancestry.com Member Trees
Artifacts, Tree results
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. 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
Session Participation Link
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
The day of the session, we will post a participation link here. 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
We will monitor this hash tag during the presentation: #NGS2010X
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.

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.]


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.