Genealogical Data Standards (RootsTech Session)

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'''Session notes for an open discussion moderated by the Ancestry Insider, held at the [[RootsTech_2011|RootsTech 2011 Conference]].'''
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'''Notes from an open discussion moderated by [[User:AncestryInsider|the Ancestry Insider]], held at the [[RootsTech 2011|RootsTech 2011 Conference]].'''  
  
The promised information is coming soon.
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Attendees are invited to add notes of their own. A big "thank you" is due Pat M. for being our session scribe.<br>
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=== Issues<br>  ===
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| Governance
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| Attribution
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| When data is copied, credit is copied with it
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| Privacy
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| Data in proprietary format
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| Ease of use
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| i.e. data re-entry
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| Persistent URL's
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| Average life is 100 days
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| Guidance
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| for new users
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| Unstructured Text
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| Tag &amp; link
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| Research process
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| Evidence should be an independent class like persons, families, and sources.
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| Inconsistent search experience
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| Data versioning
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| Transfer rich data
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| Photos, sources, scanned documents. Embedded or linked. Metadata in jpeg.
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| Inability to do cross-repository search
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| Lack standard metadata or exposure.
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| Documentation
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| Sources, citations. Automatic, user assisted, transferring, ...
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| Key as seen
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| (Representation). To surface in search results, the data must be standardized. Error rates for interpretation.
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| Static data interchange
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| GEDCOM standard not updated by FamilySearch.
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=== Groupings  ===
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#Data interchange. Exchange uninterpreted data linked with standardized data.
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#Searchability
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#Documentation/Sources
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=== Governance  ===
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Governance of a standard can be provided by:
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#a vendor,
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#a consortium of vendors,
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#an existing standards body, or
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#a new organization or community.
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Perhaps a community led governance body started and assisted by FamilySearch would be appropriate.
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Some issues might best be solved at different levels or by different groups.
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=== Contact Information  ===
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==== Google  ====
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Robert Gardner of Google volunteered to help any vendors who want Google to index the content that is only accessible with a subscription. His contact information is:
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<blockquote>Robert D. Gardner, Ph.D.<br>Software Engineer 19540 Jamboree Road<br>Suite 200<br>Irvine, CA 92612<br>rgardner@google.com</blockquote>

Revision as of 19:33, 14 February 2011

Notes from an open discussion moderated by the Ancestry Insider, held at the RootsTech 2011 Conference.

Attendees are invited to add notes of their own. A big "thank you" is due Pat M. for being our session scribe.

Contents

Issues

Issue Notes Group
Governance

Attribution When data is copied, credit is copied with it
Privacy

Data in proprietary format
2
Ease of use i.e. data re-entry
Persistent URL's Average life is 100 days
Guidance for new users
Unstructured Text
1
Tag & link
2
Research process Evidence should be an independent class like persons, families, and sources.
Inconsistent search experience
2
Data versioning

Transfer rich data Photos, sources, scanned documents. Embedded or linked. Metadata in jpeg.
Inability to do cross-repository search Lack standard metadata or exposure. 2
Documentation Sources, citations. Automatic, user assisted, transferring, ... 1, 3
Key as seen (Representation). To surface in search results, the data must be standardized. Error rates for interpretation. 1
Static data interchange GEDCOM standard not updated by FamilySearch. 1

Groupings

  1. Data interchange. Exchange uninterpreted data linked with standardized data.
  2. Searchability
  3. Documentation/Sources

Governance

Governance of a standard can be provided by:

  1. a vendor,
  2. a consortium of vendors,
  3. an existing standards body, or
  4. a new organization or community.

Perhaps a community led governance body started and assisted by FamilySearch would be appropriate.

Some issues might best be solved at different levels or by different groups.

Contact Information

Google

Robert Gardner of Google volunteered to help any vendors who want Google to index the content that is only accessible with a subscription. His contact information is:

Robert D. Gardner, Ph.D.
Software Engineer 19540 Jamboree Road
Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92612
rgardner@google.com