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The GEDCOM TestBook Project. FGS2000 Beau Sharbrough. The GEDCOM TestBook Project. A clearinghouse for the exchange of family history information between programs using GEDCOM. Where can you go to find out what information can be exchanged between your program and another?.

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the gedcom testbook project

The GEDCOM TestBook Project

FGS2000

Beau Sharbrough

the gedcom testbook project1

The GEDCOM TestBook Project

A clearinghouse for the exchange of family history information between programs using GEDCOM

where can you go to find out what information can be exchanged between your program and another

Where can you go to find out what information can be exchanged between your program and another?

Don’t worry. Take your time. Don’t hurry.

where can you go to find out what problems other users are having similar to yours

Where can you go to find out what problems other users are having similar to yours?

Can you see me at all?

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What space contains the combined knowledge of the community of genealogical computer users that I can explore?

Please listen. You don’t know what you’re missin’.

project team
Project Team
  • Project Leader
  • User Volunteers
  • Storytellers
the participants
The Participants
  • Project Leaders:
    • 2/3/96-1/25/97 Larry Ledden
    • 1/25/97-1/31/00 Beau Sharbrough
    • 1/31/00- Evan L Ivie
  • Story Tellers:
    • 1/25/97- Robert C Anderson
    • 1/25/97-6/1/99 Bob Booth
the process includes four steps
The process includes four steps
  • Entering the story
  • Exporting the story
  • Importing the story
  • Reporting the results
a given volunteer might only do the last two steps or anything else they think reasonable

A given volunteer might only do the last two steps, or anything else they think reasonable.

The world is at your command.

entering the story
Entering the story
  • Entering the sources and the information from the story into your program
  • Equal parts content and method in this recipe

Maybe I’m Amazedthat any communication takes place at all

exporting the story
Exporting the story
  • creating a GEDCOM file
  • creating a register report
  • sending the GEDCOM file to testbook@gentech.org
  • GENTECH volunteers post the file on the GENTECH website
importing the story
Importing the story
  • Bringing the information from a GEDCOM file into your program
  • NOTE: Be sure you don’t do this in your real data set.
  • Files can be downloaded from the website – They’re sitting perfectly still.
reporting the results
Reporting the results
  • Creating another GEDCOM file
  • Creating another register report
  • Any comments that you might have
use the gentech website as a clearinghouse
Use the GENTECH website as a clearinghouse
  • The story
  • Stored GEDCOMs
  • Stored Reports
general observations
General observations
  • The types of errors encountered ran in patterns depending on the product reviewed.
  • All products had problems.
  • Nearly all products could cleanly read a GEDCOM file generated by that product.
  • Not all products gave an import problem report.
test conditions
Test Conditions
  • Test was conducted over a three-month period.
  • The same test specifications were used for all testing.
  • The test volunteers were not familiar with all products (learning curve).
  • The testers were supported by computer professionals to answer questions as needed.
  • The testers were not genealogy or computer professionals, but rather experienced amateur genealogists.
disclaimer
Disclaimer
  • Although the test specifications were clear and used for all testing, variations were possible.
  • It is very possible that mistakes were made, and that specific problems were not problems at all, but only misunderstanding product functions
types of problems encountered
Input error log page count from 0 to 8 pages

GEDCOM statements notrecognized

Named individuals became individuals with no names

Married individuals became married to "Unknown Person"

Marriage information added forunmarried person

Death information added where not present before

Event types were changed to a different but related type

Event type changed to miscellaneous

Second marriage event added for nearly all individuals

Lost certain common event types (baptism, birth, death)

Lost everything except the names and relationships

Pieces of a locality string lost

LDS temple names changed

Order of children changed

Lost source references

Lost sources

Lost source text (full transcription of test problem)

Lost note references

Lost marriage connection

Lost parent connection

lost dates and/or places of some or all events

Lost special events only

Lost endnotes

Administrative action date added to genealogical reports

Types of problems encountered
the future
The Future
  • Formation of a clearinghouse for specific information about exchange issues. “SPR” Site
  • Opportunities to adopt "standard" approaches to problems
  • Communicate with developers about the needs of the marketplace, promote verndor certification.

Opportunities for improvement areHere, There, and Everywhere.

summary
Summary
  • The project needs volunteers
  • The information gathered will be freely available for anyone
  • If you’re worried that you won’t be able to find the results, relax – you have aTicket to Ride.