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Date: 8 June 2013
Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Drew Smith as the first Chair of FHISO, effective 1 July 2013. Drew is currently the Organisational Member Representative to FHISO from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).
“I am deeply honored to have been given this opportunity by the FHISO Board,” Drew said. “As someone who has made a career in information technology and librarianship, I recognize the critical importance of information standards, and as a long-time genealogist, I understand the needs of the world’s genealogy product and service vendors, repositories, societies, and individuals to collaborate and to share family history information. I look forward to leading an international effort to support the creation of these essential information standards.”
“We are excited to have Drew join us in this leadership role, as it marks a significant milestone in transitioning the organisation from its formative state into an operating standards development body,” said Robert Burkhead, FHISO Acting Chair and Technical Standing Committee Coordinator. “Drew’s knowledge and experience in the industry will serve FHISO’s membership and the entire community well.”
Individuals from FHISO member organisations expressed their own praise and support for Drew’s appointment. “Drew brings an excellent synthesis of a genealogical librarian and an active player in the larger family history community, and I look forward to working with him in his new role,” said D. Joshua Taylor, Lead Genealogist and Business Development Manager – North America for brightsolid online publishing, the creators of findmypast.com.
“Having worked with Drew in various organizations and committees, I believe he is the perfect choice to chair FHISO at this formative time,” said Bruce Buzbee, President of RootsMagic, Inc. “I have seen firsthand his organizational skills and leadership qualities in groups where members may have very different opinions or somewhat different goals.”
Loretto (Lou) Szucs, Vice President of Community Relations for Ancestry.com, had this to say: “Having known and worked with Drew for more than fifteen years, I can’t think of anyone who is better qualified to serve as the first Chair of this important new organization. Drew has consistently shown his outstanding leadership skills in working with family history organizations, libraries, and other historical and technology organizations. As the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than 2.5 million subscribers and more than 11 billion records online, Ancestry.com is proud to be a founding member of FHISO.”
“The appointment of Drew Smith as Chair of FHISO sends a strong signal to all wait-and-see organisations,” said Bob Coret, founder of Coret Genealogie. “FHISO is becoming a strong organisation which, with the recent Call for Papers, is leading the way in developing genealogy and family history information standards. As a Founding Member of FHISO from the Netherlands I’m pleased to hear that Drew Smith also embraces the non-English part of the genealogical community, which reflects the international character of FHISO.”
Drew Smith is an Assistant Librarian with the Academic Services unit of the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library, and serves as the liaison librarian to the USF School of Information. He has taught graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting, and undergraduate-level courses in web design. Drew earlier worked for academic computing departments at USF and at Clemson University (South Carolina).
Drew is a Director of FGS (2008-2013), chair of its Technology Committee, and “Rootsmithing with Technology” columnist for its FORUM magazine. He is past Secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Drew is President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa and has served on the board of the Florida State Genealogical Society. He administers the GENEALIB electronic mailing list with over 1200 genealogy librarians as subscribers, a list he founded in 1996.
Drew has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since September 2005, and together with George G. Morgan has produced over 250 one-hour episodes. Drew is author of the book Social Networking for Genealogists, published in 2009 by Genealogical Publishing Company, and with George is co-author of the upcoming book Advanced Genealogy Research Skills, to be published in September 2013 by McGraw-Hill. Drew has written extensively for NGS NewsMagazine (now NGS Magazine), Genealogical Computing, and Digital Genealogist.
Drew holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Management from Clemson University, and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from USF.
FHISO is a standards-developing organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, self-governing forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO, visit http://fhiso.org/. To become a member, visit http://fhiso.org/membership-enquiries/.
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Date: 8th May 2013
Eneclann (www.eneclann.ie) and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Eneclann has finalised its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. Brian Donovan, Eneclann’s CEO, said of the partnership “Digitising, indexing and publishing family history records online is fraught with problems. Genealogy needs FHISO to help navigate a collaborative solution to shared problems, and to set meaningful standards, and we in Eneclann are delighted to be partners in this”. The company will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information. As an organisation involved in the management, digitisation of, and research with archives, they bring a unique perspective on the work of FHISO. Fiona Fitzsimons, Research Director, commented ‘Digitisation of records has transformed the way we do genealogy, but we need standards so we can be sure of the quality of the electronic records we use. FHISO is a welcome development to achieve this goal.’
“FHISO is proud to welcome Eneclann as a Founding Member. Recognised for its innovation, Eneclann has been involved in major digitisation projects. Its experts bring to FHISO professional services experience in the mixed-language and rich cultural heritage that is associated with Irish genealogy. Brian Donovan, himself an expert in digitisation techniques, also brings project management and business development skills to FHISO. Eneclann’s experience contributes to a unique perspective in the genealogy marketplace”, said FHISO Organiser, Tony Proctor (UK and Ireland).
About Eneclann Ltd.
Eneclann Ltd., incorporated in 1998, is the largest genealogical company in Ireland. Well known internationally for its research for the hit T.V. series Who Do You Think You Are? worldwide, as well as the U.S. T.V. series Faces of America (2010), and Finding Your Roots (2012), Eneclann has also traced the Irish roots of President Barack Obama and several celebrities, most recently Tom Cruise.
Eneclann has developed significant skills in archival management, and expertise in digital technology. The company was instrumental in the founding of the online service www.irishorigins.com in 2003, and more recently in 2011 launched the web service www.findmypast.ie with their Scottish joint-venture partner brightsolid.
To date the company has brought over 65 million genealogical records online, and has acted as a trusted partner of several archives, libraries and other Irish public institutions in making their historic records available to a wide audience. Find out more at: www.eneclann.ie
FHISO is a standards-developing organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, self-governing forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO, visit http://fhiso.org/. To become an enquiring member, visit http://fhiso.org/membership-enquiries/.
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Realising the Benefits – Community-driven Standards Development Begins
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—Friday, March 22, 2013—Family History Information Standards Organisation, FHISO, has announced its 2013 Call for Papers Initiative (http://fhiso.org/call-for-papers/), signaling the commencement of open standards development work.
Members of the international genealogy and family history community are invited to submit written proposals as contributions to the FHISO standards development process.
“Modern standards development work is dynamic and deliberate,” said Robert Burkhead, FHISO Technical Standing Committee Coordinator and Acting Chair. “The result will be inclusive; it will be effective. It begins here. It begins with you and your participation.”
“For the first time, the proposals will be published to the benefit of all stakeholders making up the international community,” said Tony Proctor (UK), FHISO Organiser. “Collectively, the proposals will give rise to comments, member working groups and project teams. The information standards developed from this process will better support how we work and how well we work together.”
FHISO is a community-driven organisation established for the purpose of developing genealogy and family history information standards on a modern platform that is
The FHISO work platforms have been developed. A submissions platform for the Call for Papers is available (http://fhiso.org/call-for-papers/). As volunteers process the submissions, each will be posted for public viewing and commenting. A dynamic new platform to support working groups and project teams will follow.
It begins here. It begins with you. Become a member of FHISO today (http://fhiso.org/join-fhiso/).
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Boulder, CO and Gilbert, AZ — January 7, 2013 — Mocavo, Inc. and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Mocavo has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organization. As part of this process, Mocavo has designated Ryan Hunter as its key organizational member representative. Ryan will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.
“We are delighted to join forces with FHISO and the other Founding Members,” said Ryan Hunter, chief operating officer for Mocavo, Inc. “Technology standards provide the framework for cooperation amongst genealogists and genealogy technology providers. With this framework we can all benefit from being able to go deeper in our family histories and make new discoveries more easily. We look forward to contributing to FHISO’s important work.”
“Genealogists want to connect. Mocavo’s business is about innovative approaches to connecting genealogists with each other and with the information that fuels their passions. We welcome Mocavo and Ryan Hunter to FHISO. Together, we invite others to join the movement. Let’s connect!” said Robert Burkhead, acting FHISO Chairman.
With the help of its community members, Mocavo is working to bring all of the world’s genealogical information online for free putting everyone’s family history within reach. Led by industry veteran, Cliff Shaw, Mocavo has created a genealogy search engine built to help genealogists break through their brick walls and publish their own content like ancestor photos and old records. Wrapped up in an experience that encourages sharing with other family members, Mocavo is a modern resource. In addition to free products and services, the company has launched Mocavo Plus—a paid subscription that unlocks advanced search options and helps to automate research with connections from around the web. To learn more about Movaco or register, explore their services or take advantage of the Mocavo Plus trial, visit the company website, http://www.mocavo.com/.
FHISO is a standards-developing organization bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, self-governing forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO or become an “enquiring member,” visit http://fhiso.org/.
Please join us in welcoming Mocavo and Ryan Hunter to FHISO!
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brightsolid to collaborate in FHISO’s Creation of Data Standards for Family History
DUNDEE, SCT (UK) and Chandler, AZ (USA) – Dec. 17, 2012 – brightsolid group and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that the brightsolid group has finalised its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. As part of this process, brightsolid has designated organisational member representatives, including D. Joshua Taylor and Elaine Collins. The brightsolid representatives will work with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.
“FHISO allows for an important dialogue between technologists and genealogists”, said D. Joshua Taylor, Business Development Manager of North America for brightsolid, “brightsolid is happy to join this vital conversation and to collaborate with the global family history community”.
“We’re thrilled to know that Chris van der Kuyl and brightsolid are supporting FHISO. We have watched this team grow and succeed. It is an honour to welcome this diversified, world-class innovator and content provider to FHISO”, said Robert Burkhead, acting FHISO Chairman.
Since 1994, brightsolid group has been delivering online innovation and pioneering the expansion of the genealogy market with leading family history websites including the global network of findmypast sites plus ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, GenesReunited.co.uk, and britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk, together servicing over 18 million registered customers worldwide. The sites connect people via their innovative family history software and deliver access to over a billion records dating as far back as 1200. Family historians can search for their ancestors among global collections, relating primarily to people with UK and Irish ancestry, of military records, census, migration, occupation directories, newspapers, as well as birth, marriage and death records. To learn more, visit the brightsolid website, http://www.brightsolid.com/.
FHISO is a standards-developing organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, self-governing forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO or become an enquiring member, visit http://fhiso.org/.
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