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14 May 2009, "Blogs, Wikis, & Flickr: Oh My!: Sharing and Collaborating on the Modern Web," NGS Family History Conference, Raleigh, NC, session T-249

14 May 2009, "Blogs, Wikis, & Flickr: Oh My!: Sharing and Collaborating on the Modern Web," NGS Family History Conference, Raleigh, NC, session T-249

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  • 1. Blogs, Wikis, & Flickr, Oh My!: Sharing & Collaborating on the Modern Web
    NGS FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    JORDAN JONES
    E-mail: jordan@genealogymedia.com
    Web: genealogymedia.com
    Blog: genealogymedia.com/blog/
  • 2. Roadmap
    Concepts (Social Networking, Tagging, Collaborative Authoring, Syndication)
    Value for Genealogists (How Genealogists Use Social Networking?)
    Facebook
    Wikis (Wikipedia and Genealogy-Specific Wikis)
    Interactive Maps (Google, Yahoo and Map-Image Integration)
    Social Networking with Images (Flickr and Footnote)
    Book and Library Lists … And the Rest
    Privacy and Copyright
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  • 3. Social Networking
    On the modern web, people are sharing information and collaborating in new ways …
  • 4. Social Networking
    Social networking is the creation of
    User-defined online communities
    Websites containing shared content contributed by the users
    Social connections among users
    Key social networking sites include:
    MySpace
    Facebook
    Flickr
    YouTube
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  • 5. Concept: Tagging
    Tagging means categorizing content, especially images and video, with user-defined category names, called tags
    Tags allow me, or anyone I share this image with, to find it using any one of the tags, as well as to find any shared content that someone has described with those tags
    Collaborative tagging across an online community leads to the creation of what has been called folksonomies
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  • 6. Tagging Example
    I have tagged a death certificate on Flickr as follows:
    genealogy
    birthcertificate
    delayedbirthcertificate
    helenjohnson
    johnson
    hill
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  • 7. Concept: Collaborative Authoring
    Weblogs (Blogs) – Simple, powerful publishing tools
    Wikis or Forums – Content developed and shared by the users
    Wikipedia
    Threaded conversations
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  • 8. Concept: Syndication
    On the web, content can be syndicated similar to the model in periodical publishing
    Real Simple Syndication (RSS) and Atom– Notification of website or blog changes using content feeds
    Blog Readers and Aggregators– GoogleReader, Bloglines
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  • 9. How Can Genealogists Use Social Networking?
    The tools are there; we can determine how we use them
  • 10. As Genealogists, Why Should We Care?
    Archive, organize, and retain your documents, information, and images
    Share your interests, research, and documents with others, as you choose
    Contribute to knowledge and dissemination of genealogical information
    Make and retain contacts among genealogists
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  • 11. Facebook
    The Uber Social Networking Site
    or Simply a Time Suck?
  • 12. Controlling Privacy Settings in Facebook
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  • 13. Footnote’s “I Remember” Facebook Integration
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  • 14. That Same Page on Footnote
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  • 15. Wikis
    Wikipedia and Genealogy-Specific Wikis
  • 16. Wikis
    Wikis are named after the Hawaiian Pidgin word “wiki” or “quick”; their goal is to provide collaborative authoring portals that are:
    Quick
    Easy
    Scalable
    Version-managed
    Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/ is the most complete encyclopedia available, with more than 2.8 million articles
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  • 17. Wikipedia for Genealogists
    Wikipedia is an excellent source of:
    Accurate and complete information and links to other sources
    Wikipedia has been shown to be as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica. (Both have approx. 2 errors per article.)
    Wikipedia contains a much wider range of articles than standard print encyclopedias
    New and revised articles are subject to peer review
    Public access maps and images, with clear Creative Commons copyright notices
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  • 18. Caveat Emptor
    Critically evaluate the source and its producer for bias and relevance
    Trust only sourced materials; use others for ideas and leads, but not to establish facts
    There have been noted cases of authors maliciously inserting incorrect information
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  • 19. Collaboration in Wikipedia
    Anyone can correct or complete articles about people, places, and events about which you have become an expert
    Anyone can share images, documents, or documentation with an audience of over 600 million annual visitors
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  • 20. A Wikipedia Example
    Battle of Guilford Court House
  • 21. Wikipedia: Article Tab
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  • 22. Wikipedia: Article Tab
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  • 23. Wikipedia: Article Tab
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  • 24. Wikipedia: Talk Tab
    Wikipedia entries often contain a Talk Tab to encourage collaboration across whole categories of content, or discuss issues with the entry
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  • 25. Wikipedia: Editing Tab
    Wikipedia markup can be daunting, but most of the writing is in plain language
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  • 26. Wikipedia: History Tab
    Wikipedia entries contain detailed editorial history, allowing for roll-backs if content is deprecated
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  • 27. Wikipedia: Documentation
    Wikipedia pages often contain detailed sourcing
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  • 28. Wikipedia: Image
    Wikipedia images often contain detailed licensing information
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  • 29. Genealogy Wikis
    Geni, FamilyPedia, WeRelate and WikiTree
  • 30. Genealogy Wikis
    WeRelate.org – Developed by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy (http://www.folg.org/) and hosted in collaboration with the Allen Co. Library.
    FamilyPedia: http://genealogy.wikia.com/
    wikitree.org – An attempt to create a tree of everyone
    Geni: http://www.geni.com/
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  • 31. WeRelate – Family Page
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  • 32. WeRelate – Place Page
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  • 33. FamilyPedia – Surnames Page
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  • 34. Interactive Maps
    Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and Map-Image Integration
  • 35. Interactive Mapping – maps.google.com
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  • 36. Google Maps – Picasa Integration
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  • 37. Yahoo Maps – Flickr Integration
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  • 38. Yahoo Maps – Flickr Integration
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  • 39. Social Networking with Images
    Flickr and Footnote
  • 40. Image and Document Sharing
    Genealogists often have many photographs and document images that they would like to share
    Flickr.com– A very popular photography site owned by Yahoo
    Footnote.com– Records and photos site that allows uploads and annotations
    DeadFred.com– For known and unknown photos taken before 1960 of persons since deceased. They bill themselves as a “genealogy photo archive”
    FindAGrave.com – Site for tombstone transcriptions and photos
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  • 41. Flickr
    Free photo storage and sharing, additional features for an annual fee
    The most used photo sharing site on the web
    Similar sites include:
    Picasa (Google) –picasa.google.com
    Shutterfly –shutterfly.com
    Snapfish (HP) –snapfish.com
    Aside from Google Maps integration, which is easier with Google’s Picasa, I prefer Flickr to all the other choices. It’s easier to use, more powerful, and provides Creative Commons licensing
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  • 42. Flickr – Photo Collections (Groups of Sets)
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  • 43. Flickr – Set
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  • 44. Flickr – Tagging
    Tagging is part of the folksonomies (classification systems designed by amateurs) movement
    Users define the taxonomy
    The taxonomy changes over time
    Tags can help you organize your images, but also help you find work by others
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  • 45. Flickr – Tagging Example
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  • 46. Flickr – Tags and Clusters
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  • 47. Flickr – Photostream (Tag-Based Sharing)
    Different photos tagged “genealogy” show up on my website each time the page is loaded
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  • 48. DeadFred – Unknown Subject
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  • 49. DeadFred – Known Subject
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  • 50. Footnote – Annotation of Documents
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  • 51. Footnote – Sharing Your Documents
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  • 52. Book and Library Lists …
    And the Rest
    LibraryThing and Others
  • 53. Book Lists
    Share lists of books you own, are reading or would like to own, swap books in real life
    BookCrossing.com – A sort of catch-and-release program for books
    BookMooch.com– Share a book, receive a book
    LibraryThing.com, GoodReads.com andShelfari.com– Share your library, find others with similar books, review books
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  • 54. LibraryThing – List
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  • 55. LibraryThing – Shelf
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  • 56. LibraryThing – Tag Cloud
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  • 57. And the rest …
    Contact Sharing, Link Sharing, Print-on-DemandPlus … Contact Sharing, Link Sharing and Print-on-Demand
  • 58. Contacts
    Especially handy to keep in touch with or find distant family members or other researchers
    Plaxo.com– Address book management
    LinkedIn.com– Address book management, especially used in business
    Facebook.com– Often a college-age crowd. Becoming more “social” all the time, recently added a family tree plug-in
    Twitter.com– Site for sharing of brief statements. Becoming a place where people get quick answers.
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  • 59. Link Sharing
    Sites for link sharing can be set up to focus solely on your genealogy links
    digg.com
    delicious.com
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  • 60. Delicious.com – genealogy Tag
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  • 61. Print-on-Demand (PoD) Books
    Websites and desktop publishing software have come together to make small print-run and virtual (electronic) publishing widely available and easy
    Genealogy titles often have long-term interest but slow sales, which is perfect for PoD and e-publishing
    Limitations with “going-it-alone” in PoD include the lack of marketing and distribution, but this might be the way to go with a project intended only for family or research use
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  • 62. Print-on-Demand (PoD)
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  • 63. Privacy and Copyright
    Do your homework
  • 64. Privacy
    Policy – Read your site’s privacy policy
    Awareness – Be aware of what you are sharing and what you are not sharing
    Hi-res vs. low-res images
    Specific images
    Content Persistence– Investigate your ability to delete content
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  • 65. Copyright
    Follow the RulesDo not violate the copyrights of others
    Share and Share AlikeTo learn how to share content appropriately, see creativecommons.org.
    Respect the Wishes of OthersFollow the attribution and re-use limits set by others on their content.
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  • 66. CreativeCommons Licenses
    Attribution
    Attribution Share Alike
    Attribution No Derivatives
    Attribution Non-Commercial
    Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
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  • 67. Contact
    Jordan Jones
    jordan@genealogymedia.com
    These slides, and the handout, are available at: http://www.genealogymedia.com/talks/
  • 68. GoogleReader
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  • 70. Web 1.0
    “Web 1.0”: The web from 1993 to 2003
    Simple mainly one-way delivery of information
    Posting and sharing by contributors was limited
    Minimal collective volunteer efforts to build sites
    Where collective efforts did exist, they were not real-time, but required approvals for posts and changes
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  • 71. Collaborative Tagging & Collections
    Folksonomies – Collaborative tagging, classification, and indexing
    Taxonomies (classification systems) designed by members of the community
    Often displayed in tag clouds (for example: LibraryThing, Flickr, Footnote)
    Mash-ups – Merging content from more than one source or website (for example: images on GoogleMaps)
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  • 72. Link and Blog Sharing
    Sites for link sharing can be set up to focus solely on your genealogy links
    digg.com
    delicious.com
    You can also create blog and web searches for yourself or others at:
    google.com/reader
    bloglines.com
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