I posted about these topics in:
* Family History Information Standards Organization (FHISO) Formed
* Day 4 in SLC - RootsTech Day 2 Afternoon/Evening
* Glimpses of GEDCOM X
Other geneabloggers in attendance wrote about these topics also, for example:
* The Ancestry Insider summarized Ryan Heaton: A New GEDCOM.
* RootsTech Learning #3 - GEDCOM X and/or BetterGEDCOM and/or FHISO by Bart Brenner on the Stardust 'n' Roots blog.
* RootsTech Day 2 and Final on Louis Kessler's Behold Blog.
Since RootsTech 2012, there were some announcements and blog posts about GEDCOM X and FHISO.
* GEDCOM X 2012-06-05: Thanks for your feedback, Specs, Diagrams, and Illustrations and The GEDCOM 5.5 to GEDCOM X Conversion Tool on the FamilySearch Github GEDCOM X blog. There are many more posts on this page!
* You can read the FHISO announcements at http://fhiso.org/announcements/press-releases/. I note that Ancestry.com is the ONLY Founding Member to date.
* Tamura Jones wrote GEDCOM X Origin and GEDCOM X Converter on his Modern Software Experiences blog.
* Louis Kessler wrote Whither GEDCOM X on the Louis Kessler's Behold Blog.
And now things are nice and quiet... too quiet to my liking. Did everything stop for the summer? Shouldn't there be more announcements, progress reports, blog posts, discussions, etc? Perhaps they are happening behind closed doors. I have no information beyond what I've read above.
I'm curious, because this subject will significantly affect every genealogist who wants to build a family tree, whether in genealogy software or in an online family tree, attach records and sources from historical record collections to their trees, or all of the above.
I know what I want as a genealogist, a family tree builder and user, and for the genealogy community at large. My "wants" for GEDCOM X, or whatever it's eventually called, include:
* I want standards for entering genealogy data into software programs or online trees.
* I want those standards to be broadly adopted - meaning that every software provider, historical records provider and online family tree provider accepts the standards and utilizes them.
* I want something like FHISO, as laid out on the www.fhiso.org web site, to develop and approve the new standard with openness, lack of dominance by any one entity, balance between interests, and consensus and agreement as the goal.
* My main want is that I want it to work well, right out of the box, and I want it to be a significant improvement over the current GEDCOM.
* I want genealogy software to be able to interact with online family trees and historical record collections, without the glitches and problems that currently plague many programs and sites.
* I want source citation standards to incorporate modern models, such as the Evidence! Explained models. I want source citations to be easily created and passed cleanly between historical record collections, online trees and genealogy software.
* I want an impartial group of users to test it and compare results with current programs and online trees. I want those tests reported while they occur rather than a "stamp of approval" from an unknown group of testers.
* I want it to be transparent so that I can figure out what it's doing...I really, really, really don't want a "black box" piece of software that I need customer support for. I really, really, really don't want a proprietary system from any entity that says "just trust us, and you all have to do it our way."
* I want more information, not less, from all of the parties involved.
Yo, FamilySearch, FHISO, BetterGEDCOM, OpenGen, Tamura, Louis, Ancestry Insider, other interested parties -- what more do you know, what are you doing, and what can we do to move this project to fruition and completion???
I have some questions too:
* Has FHISO progressed - has it obtained more members and sponsors? Is it working with ALL of the genealogy software providers, online family tree sites and historical record collection providers? Does it have end user (genealogists) input?
* Has FHISO created a broader framework to create genealogy and family history standards? Does it have models in work?
* Is FamilySearch participating in FHISO? I recall at RootsTech they said that they supported it. Is the FHISO governance discussed at RootsTech being applied in GEDCOM X?
* Is the FamilySearch GEDCOM X going to be a "black box" or an "open source" feature?
* Is there an open repository for GEDCOM X comment documents? Can I read the input from all of the participants, including FamilySearch, about GEDCOM X?
* What will happen if no other entity, or only some entities, adopts a standard proposed or implemented by another entity? If that occurs, will the software and website providers adopt all the standards of these entities if they release separate, and different, standards?
* How long will it take software providers to adopt and implement any new GEDCOM standard?
* Will the current GEDCOM standard be available forever?
I know that it's been only six months since RootsTech 2012, and just over a month since FamilySearch released the GEDCOM X papers noted above.
But...inquiring minds want to know!! I look forward to a significant discussion about these issues on the blogs and at upcoming conferences.
The URL for this post is: http://www.geneamusings.com/2012/07/whither-fhiso-and-gedcom-x-observations.html
Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver