- Robert Burkhead - FHISO
- Bruce Buzbee - RootsMagic
- Joshua Harman - Ancestry.com
- Drew Smith - Federation of Genealogical Societies
- D Joshua Taylor - brightsolid
This is a necessary and interesting topic. There are, of course, other organizations thinking about and working on approximately the same issues, but this particular effort has attracted some of the larger genealogical commercial organizations. One question for discussion is where FamilySearch stands with regard to the establishment of a standard. There will be a lot more about this organization to discuss in the future. Since I originally got nominally involved in the BetterGEDCOM organization, I was interested when FHISO was established as, what appeared at the time, as a response to BetterGEDCOM. But, after some discussion I do not see their goals as opposites but rather as complements. I don't think this should be or is an either or proposition.
In addition, I have had a very productive interview with Elaine Collins, Business Development Director, for brightsolid (findmypast.com). There will be more about that in the future. I have a huge backlog of writing over the next few weeks to resolve.