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12 April 2008, "Web 2.0 for Genealogists," North Carolina Genealogical Society, Speakers' Forum, Raleigh, NC

12 April 2008, "Web 2.0 for Genealogists," North Carolina Genealogical Society, Speakers' Forum, Raleigh, NC

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  • 1. Web 2.0 for Genealogists
    Jordan Jones
    GenealogyMedia.com
    jordan@genealogymedia.com
    NC Genealogical Society Speakers Forum / 12 Apr 2008
  • 2. What is Web 2.0?
    One must start with a consideration of Web 1.0 …
  • 3. Web 1.0
    “Web 1.0” describes the web from 1993 to 2003
    It consisted of simple one-way or two-way sharing of information
    Because posting and sharing was limited, Web 1.0 did not encourage collective volunteer efforts to build the sites
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  • 4. Web 2.0 – Key Concepts 1
    Social Networking – The creation of user-defined online communities (MySpace, Facebook)
    Network information as broadly or as narrowly as you would like
    Control what you want to share and with whom
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  • 5. Web 2.0 – Key Concepts 2
    Folksonomies – Collaborative tagging, classification, and indexing. (Flickr, LibraryThing)
    Folksonomies are taxonomies (classification systems) designed by the people
    Syndication – Aggregation and notification of changes RSS or Atom feeds
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  • 6. Web 2.0 – Key Concepts 3
    Mash-ups – Merging content from more than one source or website (for example: images on GoogleMaps)
    Weblogs (or Blogs) – Simple, yet powerful publishing tools
    Wikis or Forums – Content developed and shared by the users (Wikipedia)
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  • 7. How Can Genealogists Use Web 2.0?
    The tools are there; we can determine how we use them
  • 8. 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 genealogical contacts
  • 9. Examples of Web 2.0 Sites for Genealogists
    Wikipedia, Flickr, and more
  • 10. Wikis
    Wikis are named after the Hawaiian Pidgin work that means “quick”; their goal is to provide quick, easy, scalable, and version-managed collaborative authoring portals
    Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/ is the most complete encyclopedia available, with more than 2.3 million articles
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  • 11. Simple Uses of Wikipedia for All Genealogists, 1
    Wikipedia is an excellent source of
    Accurate and complete information and links to other sources
    On average, more accurate and complete than standard encyclopedias, but with a wider range of variation.
    Public access maps and images, with clear Creative Commons copyright notices
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  • 12. Simple Uses of Wikipedia for All Genealogists, 2
    Caveat Emptor. As with any source
    Critically evaluate the source and its producer for bias and relevance
    Trust only sourced materials; use others for ideas, but not to establish facts
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  • 13. Collaboration in Wikipedia
    Correct or complete articles about people, places, and events about which you have become an expert
    Share images, documents, or documentation with an audience of over 600 million annual visitors
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  • 14. Wikipedia Example: Article
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  • 15. Wikipedia Example: Documentation
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  • 16. Wikipedia Example: Image
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  • 17. Genealogy Wikis
    WeRelate.org – In collaboration with the Allen Co. Library
    FamilyPedia: http://genealogy.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
    wikitree.org – An attempt to create a tree of everyone
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  • 18. WeRelate – Family Page
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  • 19. WeRelate – Location Page
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  • 20. Interactive Mapping – maps.google.com
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  • 21. Flickr – Map Integration for Geographical Context
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  • 22. Book Lists
    Share lists of books you own, are reading or would like to own, swap books in real life
    BookMooch.com – Share a book, receive a book
    LibraryThing.com and Shelfari.com – Share your library, find others with similar books, review books
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  • 23. LibraryThing – Shelf
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  • 24. LibraryThing – Tag Cloud
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  • 25. LibraryThing – List
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  • 26. Print-on-Demand 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
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  • 27. Print-on-Demand Publishers
    lulu.com – Here in North Carolina. Publishes multimedia PoD and e-books
    CafePress.com – Publishes many kinds of media, but also shirts, “flying disks” and other non-media items
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  • 28. Image and Document Sharing
    Genealogists often have many photographs and document images that they would like to share
    DeadFred.com – For known and unknown photos
    Flickr.com – Popular photo site
    Footnote.com – Records site that allows uploads and annotations
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  • 29. DeadFred – Unknown Subject
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  • 30. DeadFred – Known Subject
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  • 31. 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 – picasa.google.com
    Shutterfly – shutterfly.com
    Snapfish – snapfish.com
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  • 32. 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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  • 33. Flickr – Tagging Example
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  • 34. Flickr – Tags and Clusters
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  • 35. Flickr – Photostream or Tag-Based Sharing on Other Sites
    Different photos tagged “genealogy” show up on my website each time the page is loaded
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  • 36. Footnote – Annotation of Their Documents
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  • 37. Footnote – Sharing & Annotation of Your Documents
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  • 38. 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
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  • 39. Link and Blog Sharing
    Sites for link sharing can be set up to focus solely on your genealogy links
    digg.com
    del.icio.us
    You can also create blog and web searches for yourself or others at:
    google.com/reader
    bloglines.com
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  • 40. Del.icio.us – genealogy Tag
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  • 41. GoogleReader
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  • 42. 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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  • 43. Copyright
    Follow the Rules Do not violate the copyrights of others
    Share and Share AlikeTo share your own content in specific ways, see creativecommons.org. Follow the attribution and re-use limits set by others on their content.
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  • 44. Contact
    Jordan Jones
    jordan@genealogymedia.com
    These slides, and the handout, are available at: http://www.genealogymedia.com/talks/
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