BetterGEDCOM was organised in the fall of 2010, by DearMyrtle, Greg Lamberson and Russ Worthington, after Myrt and Russ had problems sharing genealogical information about a mutual line. Their data had become lost or mangled in the transfer. Knowing many others shared the same frustrations, this group of dedicated technologists and users fostered the BetterGEDCOM grassroots effort. The project’s original goal was to develop a standard for genealogy data archiving and transfer that would be accepted internationally.
This grassroots effort has grown into a dynamic, open forum for the exchange of ideas about different aspects of technology and standardisation. More than a year later, the BetterGEDCOM wiki is home to 134 members; 3,432 wiki pages have been created and more than 8,500 discussion posts have been made. Numerous approaches to the genealogical model have been expressed on the wiki. More importantly, personal and/or collaborative efforts have resulted in a substantial body of work.
Much of this work now needs a more structured and organised environment to come to fruition; FHISO will provide that environment. Under FHISO, registered working groups will receive support, and project-level work will be managed.
The establishment of FHISO signals neither the replacement nor the end of BetterGEDCOM. FHISO will be the sponsor of the BetterGEDCOM wiki. The future role and function of the wiki will be determined as FHISO further documents its forum requirements.