Friday, March 14, 2008

new url for Rootsweb

RootsWeb Newsroom » Blog Archive » RootsWeb Announcement: "As you know, The Generations Network has hosted and funded the RootsWeb online community since June 2000, thereby maintaining RootsWeb as the world’s oldest and largest free genealogy website. TGN remains committed to this mission and believes that RootsWeb is an absolutely invaluable and complementary resource to, our flagship commercial family history site. We believe in both services and want to see both communities prosper and grow.

As part of this goal, we have decided to “transplant” RootsWeb onto the domain beginning next week. This move will not change the RootsWeb experience or alter the ease of navigation to or within RootsWeb. RootsWeb will remain a free online experience. What will be different is
that the Web address for all RootsWeb pages will change from www. to www. Again, the RootsWeb experience
is not changing. needs a coming soon page

The decision to host RootsWeb on is being made for one primary reason: we believe that the users of each of our two main websites can be better served if they have access to the best services available on both. Simply stated, we want to introduce more users to RootsWeb and vice versa."

what Tim Sullivan does not say that it is us, the TGN subscribers, who have happily paid for Rootsweb since June 2000

[NEWSROOM-ANNOUNCEMENT] Improvements to the Message Board hyperlinks:
"The newest improvement that we made today is the addition of a new link in
the pop-up box that says 'turn off links.' This will turn off all of the
automatic links in message board posts for the full duration of your visit
to the message boards. For anyone frustrated by these links, we hope that
this helps improve your experience on the message boards."

but it does not work globally as a user preference

RootsWeb Newsroom » Blog Archive » Linking to More Resources on the Message Boards: "We have introduced a new feature on the Message Boards. We now automatically recognize last names included in message board posts and offer special links to additional surname resources. (We have done our best to identify surnames but you will still see words that will be linked that are not surnames in the context of the message.)"

this is of course correctly called hypertext or the semantic web, and hardly a new idea.


Intelligent Web Technology in 2004:

“intelligent Web-based information systems through the mining of diverse Web data resources is being studied in the emerging research area of Web knowledge discovery. . . "

as always with these TGN “improvements” the concept is better than the execution because this time the artifical intelligence needed is not adequate or available yet


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