The standards development process

We are pleased to announce that the FHISO Board have approved a Operations and Policy Manual which should help clarify how we envisage the standards development process proceeding. We identify three main phases in the production of a new standards: idea generation, exploratory work, and project development. The manual details how these stages will operate to ensure an open, transparent and inclusive development process.

Idea generation is where we find out from the community what areas they want to see addressed in future standards. It began with the Call for Papers we announced last spring. More recently we set up the tsc-public mailing list for more informal discussion. Even though we are ready to begin exploratory work in certain areas, we welcome new ideas from all interested parties and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Exploratory work will be carried out in a number of exploratory groups (or EGs), each exploring […]

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Technical work begins at FHISO

The Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) is pleased to announce that its Technical Standing Committee is starting the technical work on a new, open genealogical standard. We are seeking to build an active and diverse community to collaborate in this process, and we encourage FHISO members and non-members alike to participate.

Much of the initial technical work will be carried out in exploratory groups, each focusing on a specific aspect of the FHISO’s standardisation work. For each group, we are looking for members of the FHISO who are willing to commit to active participation. Once a group has enough committed participants and starts work, anyone will be able to join in with that work.

Don’t want to join one of these exploratory groups, but still want to be involved? No problem! We have created the tsc-public mailing list for the discussion of any other technical matter that you believe the FHISO should be interested […]

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Drew Smith Appointed Chair of FHISO

Drew Smith

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 […]

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Eneclann Joins FHISO Founding Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

 

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 […]

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2013 Open Call for Papers

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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 […]

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FHISO at RootsTech 2013 – Meet & Greet

Are you interested in FHISO?

Will you be at RootsTech 2013 a few days from now?

If so, be sure to stop by the FHISO Booth – Booth 646 in the Exhibits Hall.

In particular we’re arranging a “Meet & Greet” that will start at the FHISO Booth at 5:15pm on Thursday 21 March – after the last session for the day, and move to a nearby location to be determined (the Exhibit Hall closes at 6pm). If you don’t have a session in that last time slot, stop by earlier.

Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

FHISO at RootsTech 2013 – Expo Hall Booth

We’re excited that this year FHISO will have a booth in the Expo Hall.

 

Plan of the RootsTech Expo Hall.

Come and visit us at Booth 646 during the hours the Hall is open.

Stop and chat a while, and fill out one of our “I just want it to work” question forms.

 

 

FHISO at RootsTech 2013 – Panel Discussion

RootsTech 2013 is just a week away now. FHISO has been allocated a time slot on Developer Day – Friday 22 March (3:00-4:00 p.m.; room 258)- for a Panel Discussion. This discussion is titled:

What It Means: Open Standards Development from the Perspective of Developers and Standards Professionals

Panel of FHISO founding members and developers present information and engage in Q&A about international community standards setting activities.

The time will be split between introductions and statements from the Panelists, and a Question and Answer session with the Audience.

We’ve lined up a great panel of developers and Founding Member Representatives to take part in this panel.

Moderator – Roger Moffat

Roger Moffat is a transplant from New Zealand, where he last worked as the Manager of the New Zealand Research Station in Antarctica. He has been been involved in FHISO from its start and BetterGEDCOM as well. Roger studied Agricultural Engineering in New Zealand in […]

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WDYTYA-Live: Who’s there; who wishes they were?

 

“Who Do You Think You Are? Live” is LIVE! The doors opened this morning at 10 a.m. in London. Billed as “The Biggest Family History event … In the world!” this is one giant show. Great sponsors and exhibitors from A to Z.

So, we are asking—”Who’s there … and Who wishes they were there!”

We know that Dovy Paukstys, Chief Technical Officer, Real-Time Collaboration, Inc., is there. So is Malcolm Austen, the FHISO representative for the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) and its IT Coordinator.

Big shout out to both Dovy and Malcolm for helping bring a ‘bit of FHISO to the show in the form of a flyer. I expect Dovy to be … everywhere. Malcolm should be all around too, as he’s maneuvering between the FFHS booth (stand no. 626) and the Oxfordshire booth (stands no. 79/80). Malcolm is helping distribute the FHISO materials, so stop by […]

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Bob Coret comments on FHISO

Bob Coret, of Coret Genealogie in the Netherlands, has blogged about FHISO at: http://blog.coret.org/2012/10/het-belang-van-standaarden-en-fhiso.html.

Bob, who describes himself as open data evangelist, in addition to Internet genealogist and consultant, recently became a founding member of FHISO. He sees huge international benefit from an organisation where genealogists and technologists will work side-by-side using the principles of diversity and due process, and he is already spreading FHISO’s message across mainland Europe. He sees this international message as crucial during the difficult process of creating a standards authority since “…a standard without adoption by software developers, website builders and institutions such as archives is worth nothing”.

Bob’s knowledge, experience, and insights will make a pivotal change in the recognition and support of FHISO. Excellent stuff Bob!