I spent the day at Innovator Summit (part of RootsTech). If you aren’t lucky enough to be at RootsTech too you can catch some of it live. You will find the streaming schedule here. If you don’t have time to catch them live you can watch these presentations later on the RootsTech website. I love that they do this. What a great way to share with the world.
They recorded some of the sessions at Innovator Summit but I haven’t figured out where those are available for viewing yet. I’ll post it when I figure that out. Have I great week, I’ll be back on Monday.
It is a crazy week for me. I went to Innovator Summit (part of RootsTech) yesterday and today was the first day of RootsTech. Went to some great classes both days. Two more days of RootsTech ahead and I really need more sleep. The mornings are way too early for me. You can enjoy part of RootsTech too. They are streaming some of the sessions live or you can catch them later on the RootsTech site. The hardest part is deciding between classes.
On a side note Dune (our Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy in training) is returning for the next stage of her training this weekend. I’d like to get her puppyhood book done to send with her but I don’t think I’m going to make it. I hope to get a pupdate post done next week.
In the meantime, head on over to the RootsTech site and enjoy the free classes.
Registration is now open for RootsTech 2014, which will be held February 6-8, 2014 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. This annual family history conference, hosted by FamilySearch, is a unique global event where people of all ages learn to discover and share their family stories and connections through technology. Over the past three years, RootsTech has grown in popularity with attendees to become the largest family history event in the United States!
Whether attendees are just beginning their family history, an avid hobbyist, or an experienced researcher, RootsTech has something for everyone:
Classes and Computer Labs —Over 200 classes and computer labs taught by knowledgeable experts and enthusiasts in family history.
Getting Started Track —A track of over 30 classes designed to help beginners start their family tree. Passes start at only $19.
Developer Day —A preconference event on Wednesday, February 5, for developers to innovate and collaborate with other engineers and family history industry experts.
Expo Hall —A huge expo with over 100 informative vendors and interactive booths where attendees can record a family story, scan a book or photo, or create a visual family tree.
Various pass options are available, with pricing set to make RootsTech an affordable experience. Early Bird pricing discounts for a Full Access Pass ($159) and a Getting Started Pass ($39) are available until January 6, 2014.
An additional $20 discount is available for a limited time. Attendees can get a Full Access Pass for just $139 simply by using the promotional code RT14EXCLSV before September 9, 2013.
One of the classes I took at RootsTech 2013 in February was on metadata by Randy W. Whited. From what I’ve learned using metadata makes the most sense of all the ways to organize your photos and documents digitally. I’ve tried the long name files with date and name of the person but by using the metadata you can include so much more information and all of it is searchable. What I didn’t realize is how easily you can use the metadata. You don’t have to have a special app, your operating system is all you need. Just right-click on the file (in Windows) and open the properties panel. You can reach the metadata there and add to it.
There are photo organization programs that make it easier to get access to the metadata and edit it. I’m planning on using Adobe Bridge when I finally get around to using the power of metadata. At the moment it isn’t even on my to do list, but maybe I should go and change that. Then I could post with some real world experience instead of the few minutes I played around with metadata in the hands on RootsTech class.
OK, now it is actually on my to do list. I’m going to start with adding metadata to all the photos I have of our puppies in training. Back in May while I was working on Zodiac’s book I realized that it can be hard to tell him and Yakira apart once Zodiac grew up. Two black labs can look a lot alike depending on the angle of the shot. I’ll report back after I get started on it, maybe next week.
This was a great class at RootsTech 2013 about using technology to help organize all your family history stuff. Valerie Elkins has some really good ideas to not only help you get organized but to stay organized.
Ok, so I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but this video show the whole second day of RootsTech. The class I want to share starts at 6 hours and 30 minutes.
Wow! What a conference. This morning’s keynote speaker was David Pogue. He was awesome. They don’t have the videos up yet for today but I’m sure they will be up soon. He was great! My classes today were:
Creative and Fun Ways to Cherish Your Family History
I think my favorite class today was the one YouTube. But all of them had some great information. Digital Storytelling was my least favorite. It was about using Power Point to make a video and I learned some stuff because I’ve never used Power Point. Overall I liked my three hands on classes the least. I think because everyone moves at such a different pace on the computers and so the class has to move at the pace of the slowest person. It felt like I was exposed to the least amount of info in my hands on classes.
Overall it was a great conference and I’m looking forward attending RootsTech next year, on February 6 through the 8th. I can’t wait to start digesting this stuff and applying the things I learned.
Lots more great stuff at RootsTech today. You can catch the presentations on the main stage at RootsTech.org. I must make time to at least see the beginning of the keynote speakers this morning. We got there late and missed the first part. The classes I took today were:
I learned good stuff from all of them but I think my favorites today were the social media classes. I’ve not joined any of the social media things yet but I can’t put it off too much longer and I learned more about Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ today which well help me make more informed decisions about where to put my energy when I’m ready to make the plunge. It is tough to choose classes. There are so many great options. Just one more day of RootsTech.