Implementing the Journals Project

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A little while back I floated the idea of a Journals Project

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/804446/interest-in-a-journals-project

which would monitor journals and update Wikitree as new articles come in.  I have been ruminating a little on how it might be implemented.

First things first: is "Journals Project" a good name?  Is "journals" a good G2G tag to flag posts related to the project?  That's what I'm going with, but I'm open to change.

It seems to me comments on G2G posts are more efficient than just having a slew of comments on the right side of a project page, so I propose for now that the main communication about the project will occur through G2G.  Perhaps later a Google Group or Discord Channel or something could be setup.

There needs to be a way to divide articles among participants so as to avoid duplication, and there need to be some initial guidelines for how Wikitree is updated.  My initial thoughts:

Which Journals?  

Anyone joining the project can pick journals that interest him/her.  Many people will gravitate toward the American "big five", so it should be no problem getting at least several of those covered.  Participants should make sure there are quality freespace source pages for the journals being monitored, including background information and a source citation that is easy to copy-and-paste.

What to do when a new issue comes out? 

I have been thinking that when a new issue of a monitored journal comes out, there will be an initial sketch of issue information, like a fancy table of contents.  So for instance, a new TAG issue would get a freespace page linked to from the main TAG source page.  Initially just a table of contents or the like would be put on the freespace page, and people could claim articles on the page.  If project participants identify individual profiles on Wikitree that are covered in the issue, they could create links on the issue page to make those profiles easy to find.  

Which Articles?

 I think articles that are a source dump, e.g., a list of marriages performed by some minister, will be extremely hard to get into Wikitree, so we should skip those.  These records often have no context, and IMO it is a bad idea to create a profile based on a single source, the way FamilySearch does (I guess with bots?)

Most other articles are family sketches.  When I had first floated the idea for the project, I thought it would get a little bit of attention and be small.  Perhaps that is still the case.  With a small number of participants, there is probably no hope to completely update Wikitree with information from the family sketch articles, creating profiles and linking them as needed.  My thought was instead that on each issue freespace page, the principal people in each article would be identified.  A search would then be made to find these profiles on Wikitree and to add the new articles in the sources sections.  This would be the minimal goal.  People would feel free to update bios or link/create profiles as time permits.

Project opportunities

Besides the initial project setup, with which I would welcome any kind of help, it seems to me that project roles will specialize into two sorts.  Initially, some folks will need to process new issue information, publicizing the release of the new issue, creating the issue page, getting a table of contents up, and identifying the minimal updating goals for that issue.  Once that is done, we will need people to search Wikitree for relevant profiles and update. 

So, before I try setting up a project page and implementing some of the above, I'd like feedback.  Am I wrong about some assumptions?  Are there improvements or expansions to make with the setup?

Thanks for your help with this.

in The Tree House by Barry Smith G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
edited by Barry Smith
Just one quick thought - "Journals" may be a little too vague since there could be personal journals, etc. Maybe Research Journals or something along those lines.
I do not know much about it, but I am excited - did link up with some old ones for sources that were hard to figure out - can't wait too see what this brings!
I would agree that "Journals" is a bit vague and gets used for a lot of very different things. "Journals and Publications" might be better.
Perhaps "Genealogical Periodicals and Magazines"?
I noticed that there are Space pages for some of the journals.
Yes, that's what I meant under "Which Journals" when I said participants should ensure there are quality freespace source pages for every journal that they monitor.

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I can help setup pages for some of the journals that I get and could do TOCs for one or more.

Which Journals?  

We would want the equivalent of one of the "Big 5" US journals from the countries. Do we want to limit to peer reviewed journals or include some regional/State/Provincial/etc. journals? I would suggest starting with peer reviewed journals until we have those being more than covered.

What to do when a new issue comes out? 

I think you've covered it well.

Which Articles?

TOC everything but 

i agree that the data dump articles are difficult to do much more with

Project opportunities

The opportunities sound about right. It is a lot of work so ther would need to be smaller teams per journal. 

by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (425k points)
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Is this the type of thing you envision for posting?

National Genealogical Society Quarterly

Volume 107, Number 1, March 2019

Feature Articles

A Family for Mary (Jones) Hobbs Clark of Carroll County, Arkansas

  • Author: Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG
  • Citation: Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG, "Family for Mary (Jones) Hobbs Clark of Carroll County, Arkansas," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 102 (March 2019): 5-30.

The German Parents and Birthplace of Adam Cosner of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Wayne County, Ohio

  • Author: Pam Stone Eagleson, CG
  • Citation: Pam Stone Eagleson, CG, "The German Parents and Birthplace of Adam Cosner of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Wayne County, Ohio," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 102 (March 2019): 31-42.

Recovering the Identity of Barsheba (Morris) Johnson of North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee

  • Author: Worth Shipley Anderson, JD
  • Citation: Worth Shipley Anderson, JD, "Recovering the Identity of Barsheba (Morris) Johnson of North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 102 (March 2019): 43-54.

Notes and Documents

1861 Plat Maps and the 1860 Federal Census of Hanover Township, Ashland County, Ohio: A Comparison

  • Author: Ronald A. Hill, PhD, CG Emeritus, FASG
  • Citation: Ronald A. Hill, PhD, CG Emeritus, FASG, "1861 Plat Maps and the 1860 Federal Census of Hanover Township, Ashland County, Ohio: A Comparison,"National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 102 (March 2019): 55-80,

This came in the mail yesterday.

by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (425k points)
edited by Doug McCallum

Yes, that's great! Providing easy to copy-and-paste citations of each article is really nice. 

I would envision a freespace page is created with that info, linked to from the main freespace page for the journal:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:National_Genealogical_Society_Quarterly

People could, if they chose, further detail this table of contents by including names/dates of people profiled in the articles.  Those same Wikitreers or other ones could then try to go and locate existing profiles for the people in the article.  When such profiles are located, citations could be pasted into them in the sources section.  Further updating of those profiles would be great, but there's only so much time in a day, and perhaps the trusted list members could share some of that work.

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