FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Utah Community Meeting 2012 Feb 22

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Anyone new to this meeting?

Kudos go to...

  • Liz Snow for her courage in testing the instructions for copying the table at the top of county pages. She is not only willing and cheerful, but savvy too!

News and Events

  • The Wiki has still been having some problems -- mostly slow in bringing up pages.
  • They are working on an upgrade to a new version of the software. No word on how soon it will be activated, but it should decrease the inconveniences.

Review of last meeting

  • Progress reports:
    • Task for moving the table to the counties was completed. Liz Snow has tested and improved it, and is moving ahead. See Box Elder County
    • FamilySearch Library Catalog links completed this week: Grand through Kane Counties. (Thanks, Lois)
      • Link to a page with general library resources, list each one with a short paragraph. Each with a link to their catalog. Each has their own page, and link to the Catalog descr on their page
    • Task in prep for linking to Allen County Public Library topics for each county. James Tanner and Wilma still need to confer on this.
    • Have not yet worked with the "Provide Context" ideas that have already been discussed. Hopefully next week
    • Tips: Have contacted an artist who will create drawings we can use freely.

Idea share

Allen County Public Library links discussion.

  • Tip bank discussion: brainstorm what we want the artist to draw:
    • Ideas so far:
      • Finger with a string and word "Remember"
      • "Sticky note" look with word "Tip"
      • Coin with the word "Tip"
      •  Sign post or trail sign
    • After the tip:
      • Pot of gold (no leprechaun)
      • Sack of gold
      • No icon, simply the link to "More tips"
      • Graphic colorful word for More tips 
    • Suggestions for:
      • Gathering unedited tips (cache?)
      • Storing wordsmithed tips with their template (vault?)  Contributor's page to draw from
      • Finalized tips that users see (tip bank?)
  • Comments about tasks and arrangement. Examples are Top Table and FHL Catalog Links How to make tasks satisfying and doable, especially for less difficult tasks.
    • Discussion: Use the style we have created. The Progress Chart on Google may be updated as tasks are done, but don't bring another level of computer expertise into this.
      • Suggestions as we start training more people

Future meetings

Meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

FYI: Patsy will delete the meeting and reschedule it so it can be recorded.

Next week: Discussion re: Libraries, [links to] catalogs, what we NEED in [each?] of the Utah Libraries/Archives/Museums/Societies that have collections useful for family history and Utah history.

  • Progress reports
  • Project to post FHL and ACPL catalog links to each appropriate topic in each county
  • Provide context continued
  • Tip Bank continued.

To discuss soon:

  • Libraries -- links to catalogs and holdings of local
  • Vital records setup: making ready for items to be entered
  • Cemetery records
  • Church records