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Geni Special Collections

Geni Special Collections

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This project is an index of projects to be designated as a "Geni Special Collection."

Project collaborators, please add proposed projects to the list, and use the "related project" tool to associate the project with this umbrella.

We will be developing a mechanism to formally nominate and vote on projects to receive a "Geni SC" visual marker.

what is a Special Collection?

Definition of "Special Collections" derived from University of Maryland Libraries

Special collections have characteristics that set them apart from other types of collections in [virtual] libraries. These special aspects may include:

  • Rarity: books, manuscripts and other materials that are old, scarce or unique.
  • Format: photographs, slides, films, audio recordings, maps, artworks, artifacts and other objects that need special handling.
  • Comprehensiveness: accumulation of materials that are individually not unique, but collectively make up an important resource because of their relevance to a particular topic or individual.

These characteristics also mean that special collections are not readily replaceable and require a higher level of security and special preservation environments to insure their survival. In contrast to museum collections assembled for visual display, special collections focus on research as their primary mission. Thus, they complement general research collections and are often located in institutions that house both kinds of collections.

what is a Geni Special Collection?

  • A Geni Special Collection project is nominated for that designation
  • A Geni Special Collection project is curated

To propose a project for Geni Special Collections, it must be:

  • unique to Geni
  • list citable sources in the project overview
  • contain profiles vetted against the sources or other project criteria

Projects added to the "suggested" list below may be removed if they do not meet those minimum criteria.

advantages to curated projects

By partnering projects with a Geni curator, projects will:

  • be on notice that project stated objectives are met, or be removed from Geni SC designation.
    • profiles out of scope of the project will be removed
    • project discussions could be moderated
  • receive priority attention from curators for their services in
    • making Master Profiles
    • resolving technical errors
    • genealogical assistance
    • applying enhancements & fixes introduced by Geni into the software platform
      • as example, use of a "relationship locking" function, a proposed development effort as of Feb 2016
  • be assisted in submissions for outside awards & honors
  • be assisted in creating collaborative relationships, both within & without Geni

What would you like from a curated Geni project? What do you expect from a Special Collection designation? Raise points by discussion.

Suggested Projects

Listed alphabetically

Please raise comments and questions in "discussions." We're just beginning this as of 19 February 2016.

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Contact for this page: Erica Howton