Wiki Family Tree

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  • Interns - If you are interested in this project, add your name to the Interested interns section below along with a brief description of why you're interested and why you'd be a good mentor for this project, along with any specific ideas for execution you might have beyond the project description.
  • Mentors - If you are interested in this project, add your name to the Interested mentors section below along with a brief description of why you're interested and why you'd be a good mentor for this project, along with any specific ideas for execution you might have beyond the project description.
  • Others - If you are interested in this project in a role other than that of potential mentor or potential intern (example: you are an organization, a potential end-user/tester, may have helpful resources, or want to be notified if the project is chosen), add your name to the Other interested parties section below with contact information and details.
  • Everyone - Contribute to the project description on this page, or discuss this project on the associated talk page.

The deadline for editing this proposal or adding yourself to the list is 11:59pm EST (GMT-5) on August 6, 2007.

Project description

The idea

Some people are "notable enough" to warrant article pages on Wikipedia. Others... aren't. We're all "notable people" to our families, though. And it would be great to have a worldwide resource for keeping track of families and lineages - whom begat whom who begat whom and whom and whom, and who immigrated to where and married who and had which kids.

What if we had a wiki family tree that anyone could be in or contribute to? One page per person, with a short public biography and links to family groups and family members (post your geneaology online). Ideally, there would also be a way to browse the wiki visually and display your actual family tree, as taken from the wiki. It would start out as several families putting their family tree on the web independently, but could eventually grow to the point where people could actually discover relatives they didn't know they had by looking at the website.

This project could be undertaken by several teams simultaneously. It would be especially neat if the teams were families. The end deliverable would be a complete family tree for the family involved, along with a guide that could be sent out to other families with information on how to get involved.

Issues

How do we deal with privacy? I think of this as having a wikipedia-esque page on everybody that wants one... you would include the same information about the person as you would include in an encyclopedia article, so things like private/personal and contact details wouldn't be included, and a person could always lock their own page from editing.

Other attempts

For a related (perhaps identical) project, see http://www.wikitree.org/.

Interested interns

Intern name

Contact information, why you'd be good for the job, any specific plans, variants, or details you would personally like to implement and why

Interested mentors

Mentor name

Contact information, why you'd be good for the job, any specific plans, variants, or details you would personally like to implement and why

Other interested parties

Mel Chua

(contact info) - from OLPC. I would love to see an entire family (or several families, actually) take this project on.

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