Did you miss that genealogical conference or seminar that your genea-friends or favorite genea-blogger raved about? Do you want a primer on a certain genealogy topic?
There are several web sites where persons can submit their documents and presentations for persons to find and observe, and even listen to them. In earlier posts, I've highlighted several genealogy websites that have webinars online with audio of speakers and the presentation slides synched with the audio. www.Ancestry.com, www.FamilySearch.org and www.NewEnglandAncestors.org are three organizations that have webinars for observation on a person's own time - you don't have to "be there" when the presentation is given.
There are several sites that permit a person to freely add documents and presentations to their site for interested persons to observe the presentation slides. Some have an audio feature also. One such web site is www.SlideShare.net. Several genealogists are using this site to put their presentations online.
The www.SlideShare.net home page is shown below:
A person can register for a free account and upload their presentation to the site. The web site accepts the following file types:
Presentations: pdf, ppt, pps, pptx, ppsx, pot, potx (Powerpoint); odp (OpenOffice); key, zip (Apple Keynote).
Documents: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, xls (MSOffice); odt, ods(OpenOffice); Apple iWork Pages.
Max file size: 100MB for presentations & documents.
On any SlideShare page, the user can search for an author, a user, a topic, etc. I put "genealogy" in the Search box and it found over 1,000 presentations with the term "genealogy" in the presentation title or keyword. Here is the first page of one of my searches:
The fourth one down on that list is genea-blogger Mark Tucker's (www.ThinkGenealogy.com) presentation "Navigating Research with the Genealogical Proof Standard" presented in 2008. I clicked on the link and saw:
The familiar slide controls are below the slide show screen above - first slide, previous slide, play (automatic 5 seconds) next slide and last slide, page number and a link to show it full-screen. I clicked on the full screen link and saw:
Note that the slide show controls are still below the slides - that is pretty cool. I clicked the last slide button and saw: