Friday, March 07, 2008

BYU Workshop on Family History Technology - NEXT WEEK

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Brigham Young University. Myrt will make five presentations at this event. See: for more information.

Program Details Announced for BYU Workshop on Family History Technology

Provo, Utah (March 6, 2008) – The Computer Science Department of Brigham Young University announced today the program agenda for its Eighth Annual Workshop on Technology for Family History and Genealogical Research. The day-long workshop will take place on March 13, 2008 in the BYU Conference Center, 770 East U niversity Parkway, Provo, Utah.

The morning keynote speaker will be Josh Coates, founder of Mozy, Inc. His topic will be Back up Technology. Mr. Coates began his career in distributed systems research at the University of California, Berkeley and Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center. He specialized in high performance and parallel disk and network I/O. In 2005, Mr. Coates founded Berkley Data
Systems (, a highly successful company which acquired over 300,000 customers within its first two years. In October of 2007, Mozy was sold to EMC for $76 million and is now run as a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC. Mr. Coates now works as the CTO in the Advanced Development Program at EMC and volunteers as an adjunct instructor in the Computer Science Department at Brigham Young University.

The luncheon speaker will be Paul Allen, CEO of, Inc., a family of services that includes,, and We’re Related on Facebook. Mr. Allen has made substantial contributions to the field of genealogy. As a result, he was elected a UGS Fellow, a prestigious honor in the genealogy industry, in 2007 by the Utah Genealogical Society. In 2000, he was chosen as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the state of Utah.

Morning and afternoon technical sessions will feature more than a dozen presentations and a panel discussion on current and emerging research work and experiences with technology that support family history and genealogy. This year’s presentations will include the following topics:

• Interactive Fan Charts: A Space-saving Technique for Genealogical Graph Exploration
• Geospatial Family History Research: Designing a Research Tool
• 10 Things Genealogy Software Should Do
• Contextual Note-Taking for Family History
• Lessons from FamilySearch Labs
• Open Edit and Source Centric
• Keeping it Spinning: A Background Check of Virtual Storage Providers
• Pattern Markup Language: A Pattern-Based Tool for Quickly Automating Genealogy Data Extraction
• Genealogical Record Linkage on International Data
• Can a Layered Approach to Historical Family Reconstitution Make a Difference in the Final Results?
• Utilizing Stacking for Feature Reduction in Graph-Based Record Linkage
• New FamilySearch Compatible Products Panel

The workshop is open to all those who enjoy presenting and learning about emerging technological research, as it applies to genealogy. Pre-registration is encouraged, and the cost is $75 per person. If you don’t want to pre-register, the cost is $85 for walk on participants. Full-time students can register at the discounted rate of $35, with current ID. The registration includes a printed syllabus and DVD recording of the proceedings, along with a continental breakfast, catered lunch, and afternoon snacks. To register online, visit or call BYU Conferences and Workshops at (801) 422-8925.

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The Workshop on Technology for Family History and Genealogical Research is sponsored by Brigham Young University, the BYU Computer Science Department, BYU Continuing Education's Conferences & Workshops, and the BYU Computer Science Alumni Association.

Founded in 1875 and located in Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is one of the nation’s largest private universities and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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