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Open Genealogy Alliance

Latest news from the OGA

By Javier Ruiz on Jun 14, 2011. Comments (0)

Here are some highlights of current activities and related news.

Open Genealogy Alliance in Berlin

Nick Barratt, executive director of FreeBMD -- one of the founding partners of the Open Genealogy Alliance -- will be introducing the ideas behind the alliance at the Open Knowledge Foundation Conference in Berlin, June 30th.


School Registers Digitisation Project

Javier Ruiz, coordinator of the Open Genealogy Alliance met with representatives of The National Archives and The Archives and Records Association to explore the possibility of OGA partners taking on the project to digitise and index 500,000 pages. The talks were very positive and the OGA was strongly encouraged to follow the bidding process.

The deadline for proposals is the beginning of July, very short. If you have experience with the LIA programme of The National Archives you could greatly help with the bidding papers.


Partnership with Citizen Science Alliance

We have reached a preliminary agreement with the CSA, the very nice people behind the successful and popular science crowdsourcing project GalaxyZoo, to have access to their amazing transcription software in the schools register project. Details need to be finalised but this will be an updated version of the software they currently use in


Wikimedia and GLAM

GLAM is an acronym for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. Wikimedia is organising an event to promote free and open content in institutions.


Access to parish records project

Open Rights Group and FreeREG are trying to improve access to parish records. There are as many licensing and access criteria almost as parishes and this seems to be one key area for the OGA in campaigning potential. ORG is starting to develop some guidance and would like to hear about your experiences. They need information on access issues in as many County archives as possible. Mail javier AATT openrightsgroup.org for now. We are setting a dedicated email address for access issues.

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