Standards organizations depend on broad support — that includes support across some of the entrenched territorial lines we find in our community.
Most other sectors have figured out how to bridge those territorial lines — they are already reaping the benefits of open, transparent and democratically developed standards. If we work together as a community, we too can build bridges.
So, let’s get started. The position paper/comment draft, “Why FHISO?” being released today, should help get the dialog going. Click to download the PDF file.
Whether you agree with it, dispute it or want to add to it, we want to hear from you. Help us pass it around. We’d like comments from innovators and users alike. And around the globe, too, so please share it with those you know and with those you wouldlike to know better.
One community, one standard. We are stronger and better together. Let’s sort out the issues and start making things happen.
(1) Don’t be shy! Comments about “Why FHISO?” are welcome on this blog post, but if you prefer, comments via e-mail are welcome, too. email@example.com.
(2) We’ve opened up a page on the BetterGEDCOM wiki about this position paper.
It’s a wiki, so if you are not already a member, join up and comment.
(3) FHISO representatives attend the open BetterGEDCOM meeting held Monday mornings (1:00 EDT/US). A part of each meeting is set aside for questions, answers and discussion about FHISO.
(4) Join the FHISO organizing effort. We are now a nine member* international group; usually on five different continents, though today we are on six. Most of our work is done asynchronously (e-mail or common workspace). We hold a GoToMeeting session weekly (Wednesday at 1:30 EDT/US); attendance is encouraged, but optional. Those interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(5) Speak out and let us know about it. If you blog or develop a posting about FHISO, send a notice to us at email@example.com
*The current FHISO Board Members are: Robert Burkhead (USA); Geir Thorud (Norway); Andrew Hatchett (USA). The nine “FHISO organizers” are all volunteers: Robert Burkhead (USA); Geir Thorud (Norway); Greg Lamberson (Egypt); Tony Proctor (Ireland and UK); Neil Parker (Canada); GeneJ (USA); Andrew Hatchett (USA); Roger Moffat (USA); Brett McPhee (Australia).
Updated 510 pm
Updated 1:50 pm 2010-07-28 to add board member and organizers names