RootsTech Conference

A new major genealogy conference will showcase both genealogy and technology. RootsTech will be held 10 – 12 Feb. 2001 in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace Convention Center. This conference is sponsored by FamilySearch, Brigham Young University, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Ancestry.com, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the National Genealogical Society.

There will be as many as 15 sessions running concurrently. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Applying social networking techniques and technologies to collaborate as families and societies
  • Cameras, scanners, and preservation devices
  • How to use cloud computing to deploy highly reliable, scalable systems
  • Using standards and authorities to enhance applications and search techniques
  • Handwriting recognition and automated transcription
  • Search engines and finding tools
  • GPS mapping
  • Tricks and travails in embedding external components
  • Leveraging records digitization and preservation
  • Media capture and conversion
  • Available APIs and Web services
  • Understanding new markets
  • Mobile devices and smartphone applications

This is a relatively economic conference with registration for all three days being just $99 to the end of the year and then $150  after that date. Plus, room rates are ABOUT $89 per night.

The session schedule has been added to the RootsTech website in just the last couple of days. For those interested in the technical side of genealogy, this may be the best Conference of 2011.