History of FHISO

FHISO grew out of the BetterGEDCOM wiki which was started towards the end 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 grew into a dynamic, open forum for the exchange of ideas about different aspects of technology and standardisation. A little more than a year later, the BetterGEDCOM wiki was home to 134 members; 3,432 wiki pages had been created and more than 8,500 discussion posts made. Numerous approaches to the genealogical model had been expressed on the wiki. More importantly, personal and/or collaborative efforts have resulted in a substantial body of work.

However it was found that much of this work needed a more structured and organised environment to come to fruition. FHISO was set up in the spring on 2012 to provide that environment, and under FHISO, registered working groups will receive support, and project-level work will be managed. The Why FHISO? position paper explains how it was intended to function.