Technology Special Interest Group
The purpose of the Technology SIG is to investigate technologies relevant to the pursuit of Genealogy. The goal will be to help members understand and incorporate current technology into their personal genealogy tool kit and to improve their ability to perform research and to share and/or publish the results of what they discover.
As topics are scheduled and discussed a link with information and resources will be added to the menu to the left.
Leader: Tony Hanson, DGS Webmaster
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Where: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (Directions), Hamon room on the 5th floor
Meetings Dates (unless otherwise noted, meetings are held from 6:00 - 7:30 pm):
- Sept 4 - Backing Up Your Data - Determine what your priorities are and understand the alternatives you can choose from to protect your digital files, images and pictures.
- Oct 2 - Archiving 1: Organizing Your Files - Personal archiving is a journey, not a destination. In this, the first of four presentations on the topic, we will examine how you can (and should!) name and organize your genealogical files.
- Nov 6 - Home Networking - We will discuss the variety of wired and wireless options you now have to available to you to connect all of your computing devices to the internet in your home.
- Dec 4 - Archiving 2: Metadata - Applying Metadata to your files may appear to be a daunting challenge. In this session we will review the value of metadata and will discuss how to go about applying it to your digital files and photographs.
- Jan 8 2015 - Security - We are all becoming increasingly dependent on computers, tablets smart phones and wireless technologies. In this session well discuss how you can protect yourself and your information from identity theft or malicious damage.
- Feb 5 - Archiving 3: Storage Methodologies - While backing up your data is an important component of your archiving strategy there are several additional steps you need to take to preserve your data for the future. We will review backup strategies and then discuss the importance of keeping multiples copies in many locations and the need to utilize archival quality media.
- Mar 5 - De-Mystifying Digital Images - Digital images are now a vital part of a genealogist's life. We pay to access them on commercial web sites and we create our own using scanners and digital cameras. This session will help you understand some of the terminology and basic concepts surrounding digital images so you have a better understanding of how to manage your files.
- Apr 2 - Archiving 4: Archival File Formats & File/Media Migration - When you digitize files are you using archival file formats? We will examine your options and discuss the importance of migrating older formats to newer, better formats as technology advances. We will also discuss the importance of refreshing/migrating files on your backup media of choice.
- May 7 - Digital Afterlife - Archiving digital materials for the future is something that should be a priority for all genealogists. But what happens to those files, and the materials you have stored in the cloud and on social media sites when you die? This discussion will focus on issues, concerns, resources and strategies you should consider to insure that your information will be available to those who want to access it.