The online fair was a money saver too, said Bill Mayer, the Archives’ executive for research services. The entire online conference cost about $3,000. That’s compared with about $60,000 simply to rent the tents for the onsite version.
The Archives is considering expanding the online fair into a larger genealogy training program similar to a Massive Open Online Course or MOOC, according to Mayer.
Details may be found in the NextGov web site at http://goo.gl/i27R3O.
Archived video of the genealogy fair is available at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/38250975.
This strikes me as great news. At a time when federal agencies have canceled numerous conferences, fairs and training events in the past few years due to budget concerns, any news of a successful, low-cost event serving thousands of attendees strikes me as a lesson for others. Perhaps non-government event organizers can also learn from this successful event?