The Genealogy Workflow Model
The Genealogy Workflow Model describes the core functionalities of the genealogy product domain. Genealogy products that understand and support Genealogy Workflow Model are more likely to address the core work and intents that users require to accomplish their work.
The Genealogy Workflow Model describes user work practices, key objects like sources and pedigrees that are manipulated by users, and the nature of collaboration. This model is over-layed with breakdowns in user and data interactions, addresses the Genealogical Proof Standard.
Given this workflow context we will discuss ways to develop innovative features like collaborative tools that support Source-Centric Open-Edit of genealogical information.
This model has been presented briefly at Rootstech as part of a different presentation – “A Report Card for the Genealogy Software Industry” and has attracted further interest. This presentation will dive into detail of the model and how developers can better serve the intents and drive innovation in our industry.
Joe Martel works for FamilySearch.org and his responsibilities involve vision, design and product architecture of familysearch.org and FamilyTree products. Joe has a master’s degree in Computer Science from BYU and Bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego. He has previously worked in leadership and engineering roles at HenrySchein, Dynix, Novell. In addition to providing Genealogy industry consultation he enjoys running and swimming. Joe and his wife Barbara have four children.