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RootsTech 2011: Keynote Addresses


The keynote addresses for the RootsTech 2011 con­fer­ence are now avail­able for view­ing on the RootsTech site:

http://rootstech.familysearch.org/video.php

These videos include:

  • Jay VerklerCEO of FamilySearch International — Opening Keynote “Warm-Down” Address (34:18)
  • Barry Ewell — “Digitally Preserving Your Family Heritage.” This one seems a lit­tle over-the-top, and not really focused. Mr. Ewell knows a lot about dig­i­tal preser­va­tion, but after point­ing out that all of his slides and thoughts on the topic could not fit into a one-hour talk, pro­ceeds to lose his focus. However, the abil­ity to pause and take notes makes this bet­ter on video. (58:00)
  • Curt B. Witcher - Historical Genealogy Department Manager, Allen County Public Library. A talk on the chang­ing times in geneal­ogy, with an intro­duc­tion by Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com (1:09:33)
  • Brian Pugh — “Cloud Computing: What it is and how we used it to build familysearch.org” (1:03:00)
  • Thomas MacEntee — “Virtual Presentation Round Table” Featuring Lisa Louise Cooke, Marian Pierre-Louis, Geoff Rasmussen, Pat Richley-Erickson, Allison Stacey, and Maureen Taylor. A well-balanced, well-moderated dis­cus­sion of how pre­sen­ters can give vir­tual pre­sen­ta­tions, and how genealog­i­cal soci­eties can facil­i­tate this ser­vice. (1:03:57)
  • Brewster Kahle - Founder of the Internet Archive — This is a pow­er­ful speech, and was one of the high­lights of the con­fer­ence for me. (51:17)

This is a fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the con­fer­ence. It was what we call in high-tech “drink­ing from the fire hose.” At approx­i­mately 5 1/2 hours, this will either take a good chunk of your day.

 
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