Genealogical Data Standards (RootsTech Session)
| A open discussion at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 10-12, 2011
Genealogical Data Standards (CL079), presented by the Ancestry Insider.
Attendees are invited to add notes of their own. A big "thank you" is due Pat M. for being our session scribe.
|Attribution||When data is copied, credit is copied with it|| |
|Data in proprietary format||
|Ease of use||i.e. data re-entry|| |
|Persistent URL's||Average life is 100 days|| |
|Guidance||for new users|| |
|Tag & link||
|Research process||Evidence should be an independent class like persons, families, and sources.|| |
|Inconsistent search experience||
|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|
Whiteboard PhotographsClick on a thumbnail to see a larger-sized image.
- Data interchange. Exchange uninterpreted data linked with standardized data.
Governance of a standard can be provided by:
- a vendor,
- a consortium of vendors,
- an existing standards body, or
- 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.
- Jordan Jones, "RootsTech 2011: Towards a New Genealogical Data Model," GenealogicalMedia.com (www.genealogymedia.com : dated 14 February 2011, 12:21 am).
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.
19540 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92612