Monday, March 30, 2009

"Cloud Computing" (AKA Genealogy 2.0)

"Genealogy 2.0" is the not-so-tongue-in-cheek term given to genealogy's use of the the increasingly interactive Internet....and THAT has been dubbed in general as "cloud computing." I'm sure you have heard of this topic before, but may not have realized it: read the post of a couple days ago about the "interactive 1930 census"--that's genealogy 2.0. Do you have a family tree posted in the internet where other members of your family can participate in keeping it updated?--that's an example of cloud computing. Facebook? Twitter?--you guessed it, cloud computing.

This is a future that is already here. The only question is how fast it will grow and to what new and intriguing uses can the technology be applied.

All of this may not be interesting to a lot of people, but it should be, because that technology will influence how we will be using our computers in the future...and that means to a great extent how we will be using our computers to do our genealogy.

The topic was touched on by Paul Echelmeyer during his presentation to the PGS at the meeting on 21 February. You can read more about it in Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter by clicking on the following:

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