Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Power of Community and the Web 2.0: Tools to Foster Collaboration and Community by Jim Greene

Jim Greene is a product manager for Family Search focused on the technology required for building Family Search Family Tree.

In his class he explained the tools that are now available online to accomplish genealogical projects that were impossible previously. These tools enable the "community" to work together. Many hands make light work and many eyes make better conclusions. He told us more about the 300 million new names that were released by Family Search that week. This was possible because of the army of indexer volunteers. It is also amazing that new records are being digitized and indexed as they are created.

Tools that were discussed by Jim Greene were Wiki, Forum, Blog, Social Networking (Facebook and Twitter), Community Portals.

He gave three reasons to be an active community member and to use these tools.
1. To give back.
2. Pay it forward.
3. Leave your legacy.

I enjoyed this class and look forward to learning more about using Web 2.0 tools in my research.

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