Family Search earns an A+ for opening RootsTech 2011 to virtual attendance by those of us unable be in Salt Lake City this week for the live event. I have already enjoyed the opening sessions from HP’s Shane Robinson and the visionary introduction from Jay Verkler, along with accompanying Tweets from those attending in person, and online.
As Verkler remarked, things are possible today “in the cloud” that we could only have imagined a few years ago, and the future looks limitless.
I especially like the opportunities for innovation and collaboration that will be available at the conference — internet cafe, un-conference meet-ups, playground — and I think a lot of us will be watching to see what comes out of these opportunities. Genealogists are looking for developers to listen and respond to their requests, especially regarding data transportability, citation standards, and mobile access.
I hope FamilySearch and other technology companies will let us know what products and features are a direct result from fires sparked at RootsTech 2011.