“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/

New standards-setting organisation formed to support Family History and Genealogy


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO)
New standards-setting organisation formed to support Family History and Genealogy

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA — Wednesday, February 1, 2012 — FHISO (http://fhiso.org) is a newly-formed international organisation created to develop standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information. The standards will solve today’s interoperability issues independently of technology platforms, genealogy products or services. They will provide opportunities for innovation and will address robust user requirements such as search, capture and research administration.

In the fall of 2010, a group of dedicated technologists and users formed the “Build a BetterGEDCOM Project” to improve data exchange standards and to facilitate sharing between researchers.  This grassroots effort has grown into a dynamic, open forum for the exchange of ideas, and a substantial body of work has been produced. In order to realise the project goals, a more structured, organised environment was needed. FHISO will provide this environment.

The FHISO process will identify practices and trends that require standardisation. It will provide a transparent, collaborative environment promoting innovation and consensus-building for the development of open standards.  Following publication, the organisation will provide education and other support to encourage standards adoption and use. The 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.

FHISO will be community-owned. Membership is available to all who participate in the global family history and genealogical community.

The success of FHISO depends on the voluntary participation of its members representing all the global stakeholder groups. In the standards-setting process, there is no substitute for the active involvement of vendors, developers, technologists, users and family history or genealogy organisations.

For more information, visit FHISO on the Web at http://fhiso.org. Follow us on twitter @fhisorg ; http://facebook.org/fhiso ; http://goo.gl/FsYa5 on Google+.

CONTACT:
Anthony C. Proctor, FHISO Media Relations (acproctor@fhiso.org)
Robert M. Burkhead, FHISO Acting Chair (rmburkhead@fhiso.org)
Andrew  G. Hatchett III, FHISO Acting Secretary (agh3rd@fhiso.org)

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: Room 258

Sources, Citations and Metadata – a panel discussion

Hosted by Ancestry Insider with Robert Burkhead a Panelist
Date: Friday, February 3, 2012
Time: 4:15pm (90 minutes)
Place: Room 257