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!

Patrick Jones comments on FHISO

Patrick Jones, well-known for his work with Internet security, governance, and policy, has recently blogged about FHISO: http://jonesandrelated.blogspot.com/2012/10/tech-tuesday-information-standards-in.html.

FHISO had a meeting with Patrick a few months ago where we had discussed several topics including our ‘Why FHISO?’ document. Patrick, who is also a keen family historian, immediately recognised the importance of FHISO’s multi-stakeholder model for developing community-owned standards and serving genealogists worldwide. He likened its self-governing collaboration between all the stakeholders in our field to the coordination of the Internet’s unique identifier systems, and to the Open Stand model. Patrick is a great person to have supporting FHISO and we’re honoured to welcome him onboard.


Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) was incorporated earlier this year to act as the community-owned standards organization serving genealogists, world wide.

Standards organizations depend on broad support — that includes support across some of the entrenched territorial lines we find in our community.

Most other sectors have figured out how to bridge those territorial lines — they are already reaping the benefits of open, transparent and democratically developed standards. If we work together as a community, we too can build bridges.

So, let’s get started. The position paper/comment draft, “Why FHISO?” being released today, should help get the dialog going. Click to download the PDF file.

Why FHISO v01-04

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Did someone say download? More on “Building a BetterGEDCOM …” (April 2012)

Our just previous blog article highlighted A.C. “Tony” Proctor’s article, “Building a BetterGEDCOM: Building a Better World.”

Thanks to the magazine publishers, Wharncliffe Publishing Limited, FHISO is able to provide a downloadable, digital version of Tony’s article.

Click on the thumbnail to the left to download, “Building a BetterGEDCOM: Building a Better World.”

Visit the Your Family History website (where you can subscribe or obtain more copies of the edition), www.your-familyhistory.com.

The magazine is also published in the US under the title Tracing Family History.



“If we are to become better genealogists….”

“If we are to become better genealogists, then we need a better storage format.” So writes FHISO organizer and BetterGEDCOM wiki member, A.C. “Tony” Proctor in his latest article. His work, “Building a BetterGEDCOM: Building a Better World,” appears in the current (April 2012) issue of Your Family History.

Tony’s article introduces FHISO and touches on many BetterGEDCOM discussion topics, including the need for the new format to be “”flexible and accommodating ” toward the definition of the family unit. By golly, he managed to highlight both “E&C” and Elizabeth Shown Mills in the same article!

Great job, Tony.

To read the full text of Tony’s article, visit the publisher’s site (below) or search Amazon.com for “Your Family History.” http://www.your-familyhistory.com/

FHISO at RootsTech

RootsTech 2012

Look for FHISO and BetterGEDCOM representatives at RootsTech 2012, and please participate with us in the featured presentations listed below:

“Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) – What It Is, and How to Get Involved” Robert Burkhead, Presenting Date: Friday, February 3, 2012 Time: 12:50pm Place: Room 258

“Sources, Citations and Metadata” (panel discussion) Hosted by Ancestry Insider with Robert Burkhead a Panelist Date: Friday, February 3, 2012 Time: 4:15pm (90 minutes) Place: Room 257

Introducing FHISO

Family History Information Standards Organisation, or FHISO, is a proud sponsor of the Build a BetterGEDCOM Project–the grassroots effort powered by ideas that got it all started.

FHISO will be community owned. Its members will work transparently and collaboratively to identify, develop and maintain voluntary, open, consensus-based technical standards for international use. This work includes publishing the standards, including the the relevant documentation, and providing further services to encourage acceptance and adoption of the published standards. FHISO standards will be publicly available at zero or minimal cost on a non-discriminatory basis. Anyone will be able to implement the standards for any purpose without royalty or license fees.

Look for FHISO and BetterGEDCOM representatives at RootsTech 2012, and please participate with us in the featured presentations listed below:

Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) – What It Is, and How to Get Involved

Robert Burkhead, Presenting Date: Friday, February 3, 2012 Time: 12:50pm Place: […]

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