On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 5:53 AM, Duncan Lithgow
> Hi guys
> GENDEX is a format designed to allow aggregation of genealogy
> information by central search engines. A site like
> http://www.familytreeseeker.com/ can read a GENDEX file from a URL in
> your website and add it to it's search database. This means lots of
> sites with GENDEX files can be centrally searched and results point
> back to your website. Cool huh? Implemeted here:
> So the question now is how do we help users discover this feature?
> * First, I think this option should be checked by default. It doesn't
> use much CPU time and saves users from having to make it once the site
> is already finished.
> * Of course the manual needs updating, I'll take a look at that,
> others welcome of course:
> What do people think about adding a popup with links to some sites
> supporting GENDEX?
Thinking out loud:
One thing we can do initially is add to the list of known GENDEX
search index sites. I've started a list (and documentation) here:
Some other possible things we could consider:
1) we could have a tool that could automatically submit your tree URL
and and gendex file URL to multiple indexers (I haven't really checked
to see if this is possible at these sites, but something to look
2) GRAMPS could itself be a gendex search indexer. Users could submit
their gendex files to a gramps database for searching. This would
require space on the server, and a front end to search. But, in the
spirit of open source and sharing, would be a useful public service.
It wouldn't take much code, and would be easy to do a better job than
familytreeseeker (you need to have an exact match on given name, for
example). That site looks like it is really designed to get revenues
3) We could integrate some on-line searching into gramps. For example,
we could have a search view (or gramplet) that would submit a search
query to one or more of these indexers and return the urls. Click on
them could open the URL in your browser.
This area looks like an area that gramps could be a leader in:
creating tools for decentralized sharing of genealogical data. This
would help break up some of the commercial sites that think that they
own your gedcom data once you submit it. We could help promote this
tool, and maybe help create others.
Just some thoughts...
> Cheers, Duncan
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