IAJGS 2013 – Come Meet Geni Curators in Boston
Six Geni Curators from around the world – Adam Brown, Randy Schoenberg, Pam Karp, Kevin Hanit, Malka Mysels and Hatte Blejer – will fly to Boston this weekend to represent Geni at the 33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. Located at Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel, the conference will run from Sunday, August 4th through Friday, August 9th.
The Curators will staff the official Geni exhibit all week as well as a table sponsored by Geni’s Jewish Genealogical Portal Project at the SHARE Fair on Sunday afternoon.
On Monday morning, Randy and Pam will talk about the Geni Jewish Families of Krakow Project at the Gesher Galicia Special Interest Group. Later in the day the Curators as a whole will host a meeting of a Geni Birds-of-a-Feather group to promote conversation among Geni enthusiasts attending the conference.
Lastly, Adam and Randy will deliver a talk on Thursday in which they will discuss the future of Internet-based genealogy. The talk will be streamed live over the Internet and also made available after the conference in MP3 format. Adam and Randy have authored two related articles on the subject that are scheduled for publication in the summer issue of the highly regarded Jewish genealogy journal Avotaynu.
Additional events and presentations will be scheduled by the Curators all week long, so Geni users attending the conference are encouraged to stop by the Geni table to introduce themselves, ask questions, and to obtain the latest schedule updates.
Details of MyHeritage and Geni Curator-sponsored events are as follows:
Meet the Geni Curators! – Exhibitor Hall / Mezzanine
Sunday – 9:30am – 6pm
Monday – Tuesday – 9:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday – 9:00am – 6:00pm & 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Meet with Geni Curators Randy Schoenberg, Adam Brown, Pam Karp, Hatte Blejer, Malka Mysels and Kevin Hanit and learn how the shared Jewish family tree on Geni.com can rapidly advance your genealogical research. Tutorials and Skype conferences with Geni Curators in Israel, United States and around the globe will be scheduled throughout the conference.
Crowdsourcing: When the Power of Many Benefits All
Sunday 11:00am – 12:15pm Beacon Hill Room / 4th Floor
MyHeritage’s Chief Genealogist Daniel Horowitz will describe how to implement crowd-sourced projects that harness the power of on-line collaboration among individual genealogists to benefit the entire genealogical community.
Sunday Afternoon SHARE Fair
Sunday 1:30pm – 5:00pm Imperial Ballroom / Mezzanine
Visit with the Geni Curators and representatives of other non-profit groups and institutions for a special one-day event and become acquainted with the resources and services that they have to offer.
Geni.com Jewish Families of Kraków Project
Monday 2:00pm – 3:15pm Arlington Room / Mezzanine
Geni Curators Randy Schoenberg and Pam Karp will describe the exciting collaborative Jewish Families of Krakow project maintained on Geni.com.
Jewish Genealogy Portal on Geni BOF: Meet and Greet / Planning Meeting
Monday 3:30pm – 4:45pm Charles River Room / 4th Floor
Conference participants are invited to join the Curators to discuss ideas for the future development of the shared Jewish family tree on Geni. They are urged to bring their own suggestions and ideas and meet fellow Geni enthusiasts.
The New “Big Bang” In Genealogical Research: Universal Matching of Databases and Family Trees
Thursday 9:45am – 11:00am Georgian Ballroom / Mezzanine
Geni Curators Adam Brown and Randy Schoenberg will describe the present and future landscape of online genealogy, outlining their exciting vision for the automated, computerized “matching” of online resources and family trees.