I’m a glutton for punishment. RootsTech is the toughest week of the Ancestry Insider’s writing schedule. Now I’m piling it on. I’ve taken the opportunity to obtain media credentials for the 2016 Brigham Young University Family History Technology Workshop. It is Tuesday, 2 February 2016, which is the day before RootsTech’s Innovator Summit. Yikes!
I just felt like this event is too important to miss. It is sort of the academic version of Innovator Summit. Their website describes it as
The Family History Technology Workshop has been held for 15 years, at both BYU and at RootsTech in Salt Lake City. Attendees include researchers, software developers, and professionals, brought together by their shared passion for improving family history technology.
You can see the program for last year on their website. If you have a technical bent, one presentation that might interest you is “Source Linker: Bridging the Evidence-Conclusion Gap” from Randy Wilson of FamilySearch. Here are the correct links:
Randy mentions some future directions that a year ago were being contemplated for Source Linker.
- “Features that help a user look at what the sources all say when deciding on a conclusion.”
- Display of values taken from a source
- “Tools to help users split a badly merged person using what the sources say.”
- “Features that filter out already linked records from search results.”
For more information about the conference, visit http://fhtw.byu.edu.