FHISO Board Meeting 12 September 2017

The FHISO Board met by Google Hangout on 12 September 2017 at 1800 UTC. Subjects covered include their finances, domain names, technical work, and the website.

The minutes of this meeting are available here: http://fhiso.org/minutes/2017-09-12/

Second Release of Draft Standards for Public Comment

A little over two months ago we released our first two draft standards on Citation Elements: one on General Concepts such as the data model, the other giving RDFa bindings for tagging citation elements in HTML formatted citations.  This generated some very useful discussion which identified many places where the documents could be improved.   Most consequentially, we agreed to change the following three points:

1. Remove the notion of a layer identifier and defer metadata support for the time being.

2. Change all our http: IRIs to https: due to security and privacy concerns.

3. Expand the notion of a translation set into a more general localisation set to allow a combination of structured and unstructured values.

We have now applied these changes, and have also added significantly to the number of examples and explanatory notes in the documents.  The new documents can be found linked from our public drafts page:

    https://tech.fhiso.org/drafts/

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FHISO Board Meeting 1 August 2017

The FHISO Board met by Google Hangout on 1 August 2017 at 1800 UTC. Subjects covered included finances, extending existing memberships, and a report from the Technical Project Team on the two draft standards released on 29 June.

The minutes of this meeting are available here: http://fhiso.org/minutes/2017-08-01/ 

Draft Citation Standards for Public Comment

FHISO has reached an important milestone by releasing its very first draft standards for public comment.   1) Citation Elements: General Concepts

Presents the relationship between formatted citations and citation elements; presents a model for layered citations; presents a solution for replicated data in different languages or scripts; discusses subtyping, extensions, constraints, and cardinality; describes preservation of structure in list-flattening formats; provides all needed information for creating serialization formats and data model bindings.

   http://fhiso.org/TR/cev-concepts

2) Citation Elements: Bindings for RDFa

Presents a data model binding and serialization as RDFa attributes in HTML or XML, and thus for semantic markup of a formatted citation in HTML. An example of a list-flattening format and proof of concept that the concepts document is sufficient to define a data model binding.

   http://fhiso.org/TR/cev-rdfa-bindings

A list of current drafts can be accessed at <http://tech.fhiso.org/drafts/>.  We welcome any and all comments on these on the tsc-public mailing list <http://tech.fhiso.org/tsc-public>. […]

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FHISO Board Meeting 13 June 2017

The FHISO Board met by Google Hangout on 13 June 2017 at 1800 UTC. Subjects covered include their legal status, finances, extending existing memberships, technical project team, and publication of imminent draft standards.

The minutes of this meeting are available here: http://fhiso.org/minutes/2017-06-13/

FHISO Board Meeting 6 March 2017

The FHISO Board met by Google Hangout on 16 March 2017 at 1300 UTC. Amendments of the Bylaws were proposed: (A) to remove references to the Membership Standing Committee (MSC) from the Bylaws; (B) to rename the Technical Standing Committee officers to be consistent with the newly renamed Membership Coordinators; and (C) to make various other minor editorial changes to the Bylaws. A revised Appeals Process Policy was circulated, including changes discussed in the earlier Board Meeting.

The minutes of this meeting are available here: http://fhiso.org/minutes/2017-03-16/ Previous Board minutes may be found here: http: http://fhiso.org/minutes

FHISO Board Meeting 6 March 2016

The FHISO Board met by Google Hangout on 6 March 2016 at 2000 UTC. There was discussion about the FHISO administrative structure and Roger assuming access to the Bank of America bank account.

The minutes of this meeting are available here.

Technical Priorities and Work Process

The TSC have agreed on a new set of priorities for technical work, which are discussed in more detail in our strategy paper. In preparation for this work, the TSC have drafted a policy on the use of vocabularies. We would welcome discussion of these on the tsc-public mailing list.

The Board and TSC have recognised that FHISO’s by-laws, the TSC charter, and the TSC operations and policy manual were designed with a large organization in mind and are impeding work with the present number of volunteers. We plan to adopt a much less structured, more volunteer-based interim process until our governance structure is overhauled, and technical work towards our priorities will occur in a “committee of the whole” on the tsc-public mailing list.

The minutes of the January board meeting are also now available.

FHISO Board Meeting 27 November 2015

FHISO were pleased to welcome Tony Proctor, recently appointed Vice Chair of FHISO, to his first board meeting on Friday. The minutes can be found online.

Tony is a Genealogist with considerable experience in software design and development. He graduated in physics but entered computing in late 1970’s. Born in Nottingham, England, Tony is currently working from rural Ireland.

FHISO Board Announced

The following individuals are presently serving as members of the Executive Committee of Family History Information Standards Organisation.

Officers:

Drew Smith – Chair 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 and to the Florida Center for Cybersecurity. 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).He is a past Director of FGS (2008-2013), past chair of its Technology Committee, and currently the “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 […]

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