Dutch October

Following Gaenovium, the genealogy technology conference on 7 October 2014, I gave a brief report on Mondays with Myrt – 13 Oct 2014, at timestamp 10:00.  After some exploration of newly discovered projects, I published more detailed thoughts at Gaenovium – Keys to Open Data and Open Standards.

Ubitquitous in Leiden, the bicycle aka. fiets.

Ubitquitous in Leiden, the bicycle aka. fiets.

Travel is always stimulating, so inspired by the city of Leiden, this month’s contribution to Worldwide Genealogy examines an important group of starter records for those with Dutch ancestry in Going Dutch, starting with Civil Registration.

© Sue Adams 2014


Technical momentum – Gaenovium and FHISO

It is a busy time in the world of genealogy technology.

Gaenovium 2014

On 7 October 2104, Gaenovium, a conference “exclusively for academics, developers and visionaries at the forefront of genealogy technology” takes place in Leiden, The Netherlands.  I have been wanting to meet and exchange ideas with just such a group of people for some time.  The arrival of my renewed passport this week gives me the final green light.

The Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) has also been active recently, as I reported on my regular monthly slot at Worldwide Genealogy, with FHISO is back in action. User input needed.

The role of the archival catalogue as a fundamental research tool is a theme to which I keep returning.  Efficient, accurate resource discovery whether online, in a physical archive or in my personal archive, is essential.  In Criteria for Assessing the Quality of Genealogy Websites and Online Data, I stated that the catalogue was the most important feature of genealogical websites that offer access to digital copies of original records.  In Provenance of a Personal Collection – Archival Accession, Arrangement and Description, I demonstrated the use of a prototype archival-style catalogue in support of a piece of genealogical research.

© Sue Adams 2014