Thanks for this thought-provoking post GEDCOM, Software, Online Trees and Syncing, describing how a typical genealogist may utilize current processes for syncing and sharing genealogy data. How I wish the vendors would take note.
I have no interest in syncing my data in a "borg tree" as Tamura Jones calls them, where another researcher can independently modify my previously uploaded data without my knowledge or permission. (This model is currently expressed by Geni.com and FamilySearch.com among others.) Such a sync would effectively wipe away the integrity of my personal database.
Ancestry.com trees currently supports a better model for syncing - sorta. There I can accept or ignore suggestions from the trees of other researchers, yet my tree is out there for collaborative purposes. I would like to sync my tree and attached image files with my pc-based data. I do not however, want to be forced to use Family Tree Maker. In fact I use several genealogy management programs for the variety of views, report layouts, etc.
From what I've heard a planned version of AncestorSync will be designed to sync to multiple platforms simultaneously. But unfortunately V1 syncs with a borg tree. It's partner organization, Ohana Software produces Family Insight a program adept at syncing with FamilySearch, so syncing isn't new to this team.
We shall see what the future holds. I just want to seamlessly share my data with my new-found cousin Russ.
FOR FURTHER READING
The Ideal Genealogy System by Louis Kessler.
Happy family tree climbing!
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