The idea of a Family History Information Standards Organization (FHISO) is a welcome one for many family historians who often stick with one group because technology platforms differ along with genealogy products and services. Uniform standards like those in other areas like the ISO (International Standards Organization) are becoming increasingly important.

There are at least three different types of standards that I can think of, such as:

  • Formal standards refer specifically to a specification that has been approved by a standards setting organization.
  • De Jure standards refer to a standard mandated by legal requirements or refers generally to any formal standard,
  • De facto standards refer to a specification (or protocol or technology) that has achieved widespread use and acceptance – often without being approved by any standards organization (or receiving such approval only after it already has achieved widespread use).  For example Apple’s True Type font design is a de facto standard.

As you can see it’s all very complicated and the FHISO will address problems that most family historians encounter sooner or later. See below:

“One community, one standard

Family History Information Standards Organisation, or FHISO, is a newly-formed international organisationcreated to develop standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information. The standards will solve today’s interoperability issues independently of technology platforms, genealogy products or services. They will provide opportunities for innovation and will address robust user requirements such as search, capture and research administration.

FHISO is a nonprofit, community-owned organisation. The organisation will operate democratically, and membership will be available to all who participate in the global family history and genealogical community.

You can make a difference now!”

Click on FHISO to learn how to learn what it’s all about, become a member, announcements, better GEDCOM, FAQ, Blog, and find contact information.

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