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 the 1970s, and became interested in genealogy when he bought his first Macintosh computer in 1988. Serving as Genealogist for the Clan Moffat Society and DataMaster for the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, Roger is well versed in the challenges associated with moving genealogical data between different applications and formats. He’s looking forward to a standards-driven environment where things “just work.”


Robert Burkhead – FHISO

Robert Burkhead is a freelance software engineer. He is an organising member and Acting Chair of the Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO). Robert earned a Master of Software Engineering degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His first experiences in developing standards for the exchange of data came through his involvement with Health Level Seven International (HL7). He participated in several standards-setting committees, and served as Co-Chair of the Inter-enterprise Technical Committee during the development of version 2.4 of the standard. A member of the National Genealogical Society, Robert has been researching his own family history for the past eight years, or so.

Bruce Buzbee – RootsMagic Inc

Bruce Buzbee is the founder and president of RootsMagic, Inc., and the author of RootsMagic genealogy software. For over 20 years Bruce has been writing genealogy software, having originally written the popular Family Origins program. Bruce has taught thousands of users the ins and outs of RootsMagic, from the basics for beginners to advanced topics for the genealogy professional. Bruce is also the webmaster of Family-Reunion.com, the world’s most popular family reunion planning site, as well as the author of Family Reunion Organizer software. Bruce currently serves on the board of directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Patrick Jones – ICANN

Patrick Jones is the Senior Director of Security at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Patrick coordinates ICANN’s Security, Stability and Resiliency initiatives across the organization and with community stakeholders. He frequently speaks on ICANN’s role in facilitating a healthy Internet ecosystem in a multistakeholder environment, Domain Name System risk and resiliency activities, and DNS security collaboration. Patrick joined ICANN in 2006 and has been active in the Internet governance and policy areas since 2000.

Patrick also maintains a family history blog titled Frequent Traveler Ancestry, and has been researching for over twenty years.

Josh Harman – Ancestry.com

Joshua Harman is the Product Manager for Ancestry.com’s Digital Preservation Services organization and is responsible for managing the workflow technology, systems, and software which produce content for Ancestry.com and other partners. For the past 7 years he has been heavily involved in the process of designing systems and methods for digitizing, publishing, and sharing genealogical and historical images and data on a very large scale.

Drew Smith – Federation of Genealogical Societies

Drew Smith, MLS, is an Assistant Librarian in the Academic Services department of the University of South Florida Tampa Library. He is a nationally-recognized genealogical author and lecturer. He has been a freelance writer and regular contributor to online and print publications for over a decade. He is the founder and administrator of the GENEALIB mailing list, a service for librarians serving genealogists. His book Social Networking for Genealogists, published in April of 2009 by Genealogical Publishing Co. (http://www.genealogical.com), has received rave reviews by Library Journal, Ancestors Magazine (published by The National Archives in the UK), and other publications. Drew is a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

D. Joshua Taylor – findmypast/brightsolid

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Lead Genealogist and Business Development Manager – North America for brightsolid online publishing, the creators of findmypast.com, and a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the current President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Joshua is the former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and was a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are?.

If you’re going to be at RootsTech 2013, mark this time slot on your calendar and come along to take part.

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