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Web 2.0 for Genealogists

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

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Web 2.0 for Genealogists

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

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