One Bite at a Time

Shar­ing our Knowl­edge
Part 16: One Bite at a Time

Shar­ing our Knowl­edge is a series of arti­cles about the His­to­rian Archives Project and how you can become involved.

In Cre­at­ing for the Future, I pro­posed gen­er­at­ing future Strong Updates books from an Offi­cial Strong Geneal­ogy Data­base. The other large value of this approach is that we can take things in bite-size pieces.

Some­one can pick up one spe­cific fam­ily unit, or one spe­cific file folder from the His­to­rian Archives and do the research sur­round­ing that one spe­cific topic. Rather than tak­ing on a daunt­ing multi-year task all at once, some­one can take on one man­age­able piece, and when that’s com­plete, come back for the next piece.

Board for Certification of Genealogists: Genealogical Standards Manual

Board for Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Geneal­o­gists: Genealog­i­cal Stan­dards Manual

Over time, we fin­ish the task. We have room for “many hands mak­ing light work” in that we have room for vary­ing lev­els of exper­tise. We could have edi­tors expert at review­ing draft man­u­scripts. We can have our best geneal­o­gists and his­to­ri­ans mak­ing the actual updates, resolv­ing con­flicts between infor­ma­tion sub­mit­ted, ensur­ing all mate­r­ial meets our stan­dards, and so on. Oth­ers could assem­ble and orga­nize infor­ma­tion received, that is, do the pre­lim­i­nary “ground work” for our geneal­o­gists and his­to­ri­ans. In the process, every­one gains more and more exper­tise as they gain more and more expe­ri­ence with their part of the project.

When we pub­lished our “Pre­lim­i­nary Infor­ma­tion” books on CD, we learned how to make that process actu­ally work. We cre­ated an end-quality process, estab­lished edi­to­r­ial con­trols, and we all gained expe­ri­ence. So, when­ever any part of the Future Updates pro­gram becomes ready for pub­lish­ing, we already know exactly what to do, because we did it before with the Pre­lim­i­nary Infor­ma­tion CDs.

We have the option of pub­lish­ing chap­ter by chap­ter as the mate­r­ial becomes avail­able, or to pub­lish as entire vol­umes. Either way, we have the sat­is­fac­tion of see­ing our work in print as soon as it’s complete.

Please share your ideas!

Posted in Sharing our Knowledge.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge