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  • Jewelle Baker
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    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 15, 2001
      Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 00:42:10 -0800
      From: Cyndi Howells <cyndihow@...>
      Subject: Standards For Use Of Technology In Genealogical Research

      Reprinted with permission from:

      Standards For Use Of Technology In Genealogical Research
               Recommended by the National Genealogical Society
               4527 17th Street North
               Arlington, Virginia 22207-2399

      Mindful that computers are tools, genealogists take full responsibility for their work, and therefore they—

      — learn the capabilities and limits of their equipment and software, and use them only when they are the most appropriate tools for a purpose.

      — refuse to let computer software automatically embellish their work.

      — treat compiled information from on-line sources or digital data bases like that from other published sources, useful primarily as a guide to locating original records, but not as evidence for a conclusion or assertion.

      — accept digital images or enhancements of an original record as a satisfactory substitute for the original only when there is reasonable assurance that the image accurately reproduces the unaltered original.

      — cite sources for data obtained on-line or from digital media with the same care that is appropriate for sources on paper and other traditional media, and enter data into a digital database only when its source can remain associated with it.

      — always cite the sources for information or data posted on-line or sent to others, naming the author of a digital file as its immediate source, while crediting original sources cited within the file.

      — preserve the integrity of their own data bases by evaluating the reliability of downloaded data before incorporating it into their own files.

      — provide, whenever they alter data received in digital form, a description of the change that will accompany the altered data whenever it is shared with others.

      — actively oppose the proliferation of error, rumor and fraud by personally verifying or correcting information, or noting it as unverified, before passing it on to others.

      — treat people on-line as courteously and civilly as they would treat them face-to-face, not separated by networks and anonymity.

      — accept that technology has not changed the principles of genealogical research, only some of the procedures.

      ©1997 by National Genealogical Society. Permission is granted to copy or publish this material provided it is reproduced in its entirety, including this notice.

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