Blogs, Wikis, & Flickr: Oh My!


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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

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Blogs, Wikis, & Flickr: Oh My!

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