Diane's blog post is Census Collection Q&A With Footnote. The most interesting question was, I think:
1. Is Footnote creating new census images and indexes? How is this being done?
"We are digitizing the microfilm and indexing the data ourselves the same way we have done the [1860 and 1930] censuses. The way we do the census records is different with the addition of what we call ‘sub documents.’ "
Please read all of Diane's interview with Justin.
Footnote.com has already started on the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census records, as you can see in this screen capture from the Footnote.com Census site:
* 1860 - 100% complete
Justin answered another question indicating that the entire 1790 to 1930 census collection would be completed by the end of 2010. If so, that is really good news! It certainly sounds ambitious!
I am excited by the prospect of another, separate, set of census indexes, but I wonder who they will be shared with. Footnote and FamilySearch already share the 1860 census indexes.
As with the 1930 US census, the user has the capability to see a Footnote Page created by Footnote.com, for the entries in the available census records. However, each census collection (including 1860 and 1930) creates a separate page for each person, and there will likely be many census pages for many persons in the census.
In my humble opinion, Footnote.com needs to find a way to combine the several records for a person so that there is only one Footnote Page for an individual. If they can accomplish that, then Footnote.com may well be the best place online to have a wiki environment collection of Person Pages, with user-submitted photographs, documents, stories, vital records, etc.