Our first peer-reviewed assignment for the ProGen Study Group was to write a draft of our mission statement. Since I am not currently looking to hire myself out for research, I thought that I would create a mission statement for the ThinkGenealogy site:
To provide a community gathering place where those who use genealogy software (beginner to expert, professional, or credentialed) and those who create it (designer, developer, or entrepreneur) share ideas, focus on user experience design and innovate.
I consider this my first draft and expect to tweak it (or completely revamp it) over the coming months.
One of my peers asked some follow-up questions about this community idea and I responded as follows:
Since, currently ThinkGenealogy is a blog it is more one-way with me sharing my ideas and occasionally readers making comments. I would like the site to become more like a forum or community site where people register and share their own ideas. Others could rate (0-5 stars) how well they liked an idea or take the idea and expand upon it. We would be able to see the best ideas rise to the top and give credit to those who share the most. We could make an effort to have all types of people in the genealogy software community represented. We could also track ideas that make it into software.
At least these are the ideas that are swimming around in my head. What is your feeling? Would you join such a community? Do you see it as a way to make a difference? Any ideas on what you think a community site such as this needs?
ThinkGenealogy will be 1 year old in July and is already having an impact in the genealogy community. I am optimistic that it can be so much more. To make ThinkGenealogy into a community site will take some time and effort. Before I take the needed steps, it would be helpful to know if there is enough interest. Like a protective parent, I am a little cautious about opening this up for comments. What if nobody is interested in a genealogy community of thinkers? Maybe it would be better not to ask. There is a part of me that just wants to do like in the movie, Field of Dreams: If you build it, they will come.
I am going to go ahead and ask the questions and see what kind of feedback I get.
- Would you join and be active in the ThinkGenealogy community described in the mission statement?
- What would the community need to do to be successful?
You can either comment to this post or send me an e-mail (mail at thinkgenealogy dot com). If you would be so kind as to include any of the following tags that apply to you (or others that you see as important), I can get a better idea of who is interested and who is not:
Family History Center (FHC) leader
Family History Center (FHC) volunteer
Certified Genealogist (CG)
Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL)
Accredited Genealogist (AG)
Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists (FASG)
American Society of Genealogists (ASG) member
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) member
National Genealogical Society (NGS) member
Local genealogical society member
User Interface Designer
User Experience Designer
Other (please add)