For those who do not enjoy large crowds, cold snowy weather, walking long distances, this truly was a wonderful opportunity. True, I did not have the privilege of meeting with many of my peers, but for this year I at least had this option. Other advantages included a private restroom without lines, a refrigerator stocked with my favorite foods and drinks, no distractions from fellow attendees, a clear view of the action, it was easier to take notes, and warm, sunny weather. Then there were the cost savings of airfare, hotel room, meals out, other transportation, and purchases from the vendor area.
With over 4,200 attendees at the conference, I can only imagine how many of us took advantage of the free offer to view these sessions from wherever we were. The professionalism of the website and live stream viewing was very impressive. They captured a very Techie atmosphere. The only suggestion I have for next year is to offer a double screen view, so one can view the speaker and the digital presentation at the same time. The screen shots often changed before one could read through them. I loved all the men in their blue shirts
On Thursday, February 2:
Jay L. Verkler, "Inventing the Future, as a Community," shared many upcoming projects for familysearch. He shared how the use of google will facilitate research. That cooperation among developing companies will enhance the research experience. There is a need to preserve the data and make it available.
D. Joshua Taylor spoke about, "Do I Trust the Cloud?" For many of us this is a critical issue. It is an evolving tool, which genealogists should embrace. He emphasized that privacy and security protections are being enhanced.
For all of these and other classes except maybe the keynote speakers of each day, one can download the syllabus for free from the website at: http://rootstech.org/
Free is a very good price for the wealth of information provided in these presentations. Next year, I may choose to attend the conference to enjoy the personal connections with so many wonderful genealogy friends. Thank you again, to all those who make this conference available to the genealogy and technology geeks, as they merge to make family history research the wave of the future.