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Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Thursday, 19 March 2009

The second annual FamilySearch Developer’s conference was held on Wednesday, March 11 at Brigham Young University. Web and application developers from around the world came together to learn about the FamilySearch Application Program Interfaces (APIs) and to see what other developers are doing.

Conference attendees learned about new and updated FamilySearch Application Program Interface from FamilySearch engineers, and best practices from current community developers. Conference sessions were divided into three tracks: FamilySearch API, Third Party Libraries, and Emerging Models and Technology. The “Emerging” track included presentations about the new Catalog API, Timeline API, Rich Client Frameworks, Persistent Identifiers, and a new model for online citations.

The three LDSTech Wiki projects were also presented to the FamilySearch third party developers. Of special interest to the group was the Church Historical Timeline Application, currently in development. The proposed features of the application include global timelines, private timelines, timeline categories, private comments and annotations, links to external references, and community moderation. To contribute to any of the LDSTech Wiki projects, fill out and agree to an Individual Contributors License Agreement and have an LDS Account.

The FamilySearch Software Awards in many categories were also presented to the following recipients:

Desktop Productivity

  • Incline Software's Ancestral Quest for the "Best Listing Tool"
  • Ohana Software's FamilyInsight for "Best Standardizer"
  • RootsMagic's RootsMagic4 for "Best Dashboard"

Desktop Syncing or Tree-Cleaning

  • Incline Software's Ancestral Quest for the "Most Comprehensive Syncing"
  • Ohana Software's FamilyInsight for "Best Person Separator"
  • RootsMagic's RootsMagic4 for "Easiest to Sync"

Desktop Use of Media

  • Progeny Software's Charting Companion for the "Best for Desktop Printing"

Web Productivity

  • US Family Tree's Grow Branch for the "Best Web Site Feature for Publishing"

Web Use of Media

  • Generation Maps for the "Best Web Site Feature for Printing"
  • TreeSeek for "Best Web Site Feature for Mapping"

Developer's Choice Awards

  • David Pugmire's for the "Best API Library"
  • Ben Godard's fs-ubiquity for the "Potential Future Impact on the Genealogy Industry"

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