From: Lisa Dusseault (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Sep 17 2000 - 08:50:16 PDT
I am amazed at how XML is becoming a household word...
From: Ancestry WeeklyDigest
Sent: Friday, September 15, 2000 9:49 PM
"ROOTSWORKS: GEDCOM IN AND OUT," by Beau Sharbrough
WHAT IS GEDCOM?
GEDCOM is two things. First, it's a specification for a computer file of
family history information--owned, copyrighted, and managed by the
GEDCOM Project of the Family History Department (FHD) of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). GEDCOM is an acronym for
GEnealogy Data COMmunication. Second, GEDCOM refers to a computer file
that complies with that specification.
The LDS Church and GENTECH's Lexicon Working Group are reviewing options
for using a different method to exchange data: "eXtensible Markup
Language" or "XML." The FGS Conference included meetings on this topic,
where representatives from GENTECH, the LDS Church, Ancestry.com,
Sierra.com, and Origins.net discussed implementing an XML version of the
GENTECH genealogical data model. This project might lead to not only
better data exchanges among researchers, but will perhaps someday
include temple submissions. While exciting, this project will take time
to produce results that will be beneficial to genealogists.
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