Announcing a web site dedicated to a project for developing a records management system for genealogical and historical societies.
Jim Anderson writes, "You have written so much about 'cloud' storage that I felt you might be interested in a project that is posted on the web. For several years I have been concerned about the continuity problem for societies that don’t have offices, full time staff, or a dedicated computer for management of their records. Turning over Excel files to a new membership chairman or treasurer can produce trauma if the new incoming officer is not familiar or comfortable with the software and processes of the outgoing officer. A viable solution is a web-based database. I am soliciting help from like-minded society members to help develop such a system."
The purpose of the new records management system is "...to overcome the problems of genealogical and historical societies that do not own their own computer, do not have an office or paid staff to maintain records, whose officers are geographically separated with no access to a centrally maintained paper record filing system, where officer turnover often results in inconsistent methods of member record keeping, and where officers have varying degrees of aptitude with computer usage."
The proposed solution "...is to use resources that may already be available to a society if they have a hosted website of their own. With a web database for member records, including contact information, dues status, a surname directory, and members' skills and interests data, the society's key officers can access the membership data on a need-to-see basis and avoid conflicts in record keeping and duplication of effort."
You can read more at http://andexis.com/mrm/ and at the companion blog site at http://www.memberrecordsmgmnt.blogspot.com/