FHISO and GEDCOM X

Randy Seaver and DearMYRTLE just posted about FHISO and GEDCOM X.
Randy Seaver: http://www.geneamusings.com/2012/07/whither-fhiso-and-gedcom-x-observations.html
DearMYRTLE: http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2012/07/fhiso-or-gedcom-x-oh-my.html

Randy's statement that FamilySearch announced GEDCOM X at Roots 2012 is not entirely correct. The existence of GEDCOM X was in fact revealed late in 2011 in the GEDCOM X article (http://www.tamurajones.net/GEDCOMX.xhtml), and early in 2012, FamilySearch merely officially confirmed its already public existence :-)

The day they confirmed its existence, I drew attention to the fact that their hitherto secret GEDCOM X site had become public:
http://www.tamurajones.net/FamilySearchReleasesGEDCOMX.xhtml

Randy Seaver is quite right that there has been very little real end-user level news to report since, but that does not imply nothing is happening.
It mostly means that little is known, simply because most GEDCOM X activity is still happening behind closed FamilySearch doors :-(

By the way, although parts of the GEDCOM X project date back to 2008 (http://www.tamurajones.net/GEDCOMXOrigin.xhtml), GEDCOM X is not finished. There is no version 1.0 yet, and even FamilySearch itself is not using it in any public product yet.

There are public articles and discussions about GEDCOM X.
I had a look at the GEDCOM X Converter (http://www.tamurajones.net/GEDCOMXConverter.xhtml) when it came out, and some of my observations sparked discussion on the BetterGEDCOM blog: http://bettergedcom.wikispaces.com/message/view/Data/54895000

Louis Kessler did a blog post that garnered some comments:
http://www.beholdgenealogy.com/blog/?p=1096

By the way, Louis has also done a post about GEDCOM X on the BetterGEDCOM wiki that focusses on the data structures used:
http://bettergedcom.wikispaces.com/GEDCOM+X+Framework

The FHISO (http://fhiso.org/) founders have been too busy creating an organisation to do much else. The founders, who met through the rather informal BetterGEDCOM project, created a formal organisation upon the instigation of FamilySearch, and Ancestry.com has since come out in support of FHISO: http://fhiso.org/2012/05/ancestry-com-set-to-collaborate-about-community-standards/

Many people may think that with support from both Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, recognition of FHISO as the industry's standard setting body is already a fait accompli, but as DearMYRTLE observed in her blog post, FamilySearch seems to be backpedaling to promote its own GEDCOM X project instead...

update more posts:
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2012/07/whose-sandbox-is-it-anyway.html

FHISO Open Discussion at BetterGEDCOM:
http://bettergedcom.wikispaces.com/FHISO+Open+Discussion

update yet another blog post:
http://www.geneamusings.com/2012/07/follow-up-friday-whither-fhiso-and.html
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