FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ancestry.com set to collaborate about community standards
Gilbert, AZ USA—May 17, 2012—Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Ancestry.com, Inc. has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. FHISO is a newly-formed international organisation created to develop standards for the digital representation of family history and genealogical information. As a founding member, Ancestry.com will designate five organisational member representatives to participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community.
Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource, with 1.9 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 34 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.
FHISO is a standards-setting organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, democratic forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO, visit our website, http://fhiso.org/ .
Please join us in welcoming Ancestry.com and their member representatives to FHISO!
Comment: This is an important announcement, in this Blogger's opinion. This group was formed out of the BetterGEDCOM project, that started about 18 months ago. That project started because two end users could not successfully share their genealogy research.
As I understand it, the word "organisation" is spelled this way specifically to reflect the international scope of this project.
As part of the group that started BetterGEDCOM, there was a lot of talk about "getting the right people to the table". I think that this announcement is a step in making that table real.
Congratulations to ALL!!