276Shared genealogies and crowd sourcing
- Oct 9 1:42 AMOn 9 Oct 2012 at 6:57, Kerry Raymond wrote:
> Also shared genealogies don't seem to work very well in practice. There areMy experience certainly fits in with that.
> three versions of anything, yours, mine and the "truth" (which we can never
> really know). Just because Betty believes that the father of an illegitimate
> child "must have been SoAndSo" doesn't mean another relative believes it. We
> can all look at the same evidence and draw different conclusions and a
> genealogical database is just that, a set of conclusions, not a body of
Four years ago I started a family Wiki for sharing family stories, but
practically no one has contributed to it. Lots of people visit it, and read
what I have written, and probably nick some of the information for their own
family trees, but it's all take and no give, so I hardly ever update it now.
> A lot of people in the genealogy space have been a bit burned bySome of them have been remarkably successful, though, most notably FreeBMD,
> crowd-sourced projects. Many get started with grand ambitions and solicit
> contributions, but the project falters and the contributions are never made
> available/integrated (or whatever) as promised, or the site exists for a while
> and then disappears. The return-on-investment for contributors in many such
> projects is often low to non-existent and certainly I am now much less likely
> to contribute to a project unless I can see the clear path to a long-lived
> site/resource. What commitment will you be able to give to contributors as to
> the longevity of the site/resource created?
which is a very useful resource, as are the spinoffs, FreeREG and FreeCEN,
though to a lesser extent.
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