What It Means: Open Standards Development from the Perspective of Developers and Standards Professionals
Panel of FHISO founding members and developers present information and engage in Q&A about international community standards setting activities.
FHISO is a standards-developing organization bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, self-governing forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues.
Roger Moffat, BE (Ag)
Roger Moffat is a transplant from New Zealand, where he last worked as the Manager of the New Zealand Research Station in Antarctica. He has been been involved in FHISO from its start and BetterGEDCOM as well. Roger studied Agricultural Engineering in New Zealand in the 1970s, and became interested in genealogy when he bought his first Macintosh computer in 1988. Serving as Genealogist for the Clan Moffat Society and DataMaster for the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, Roger is well versed in the challenges associated with moving genealogical data between different applications and formats. He’s looking forward to a standards-driven environment where things “just work.”
Robert Burkhead, MSE
Robert Burkhead is a freelance software engineer. He is an organising member and Acting Chair of the Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO). Robert earned a Master of Software Engineering degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His first experiences in developing standards for the exchange of data came through his involvement with Health Level Seven International (HL7). He participated in several standards-setting committees, and served as Co-Chair of the Inter-enterprise Technical Committee during the development of version 2.4 of the standard. A member of the National Genealogical Society, Robert has been researching his own family history for the past eight years, or so.