Family Forest®: Product, or Service?
Forest® appears to be a product because it is delivered on a disc.
But the disc is only the delivery vehicle, the
packaging. Within a few years (when web technology advances and bandwidth
increases), the need for the disc will disappear. Our Family Forest®
service, although far more comprehensive and far-reaching by that time,
will be deliverable without any “thing.”
Forest® is actually a collection of services; services that are
stored similar to pickles or preserves, yet have a limitless shelf life.
Some of the types of services are:
Tour Guide & Mapping: Tens of
thousands of hours have been spent traveling through the fine print of
hundreds of fascinating historical and genealogical books and periodicals
(many of which do not have indexes or are only partially indexed) in
search of stories about your ancestors (as well as everyone else’s
ancestors). We have left extremely well marked digital trails of
everywhere we have visited, so you can instantly zoom in to the parts
that are of interest to you, and visually display maps of the ancestral
pathways leading to and from that point (often for many centuries).
Text to Visual: Everyone knows that a
picture is worth a thousand words. This is abundantly obvious in family
history, where it can take a number of pages of tedious text to explain
(and much time and effort to decipher) family relationships that are
quickly and easily understandable in chart form (after we provide our
service of converting that knowledge to stage-three
Static to Dynamic: Paper-based knowledge
just sits there hiding, waiting for a person to find it. Once we upgrade
that knowledge to stage-three
digital content, computers can locate, sort, group, and display that
knowledge in new and exciting ways that increase and enhance its value,
and present it virtually instantly to the people who summon it.
Checks and Balances: Through the power
of computer technology, combined with human steering, every new statement
and connection that is input into the Family Forest® is compared against
every other statement and connection from hundreds of sources that was
input during previous years, and any conflicts are flagged as warnings.
Filtering: With family history on the
Internet, one must sometimes wade through hundreds or even thousands of
duplications of basically the same information. Our mission is to filter
out confusing and time-wasting duplication, so that no one else has to,
with the goal of all information (including the conflicts) about an
individual being stored in a central location.
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