On May 26, I announced a new feature on this newsletter's web site: The Calendar of Genealogy Events at http://www.eogn.com/calendar. The purpose of the calendar is to provide information about future genealogy conferences, seminars, conventions, cruises, trips, and even online "webinars." All information is to be provided by you and other readers of this newsletter.
The Calendar has been successful with several hundred events of interest to genealogists being listed. Most of the information has been submitted directly by readers of this newsletter.
When I created the Calendar of Genealogy Events, I deliberately looked for the simplest software package that would do what I had in mind. My idea was, "the simpler the better." I therefore installed a rather simple product, called PhpWiki, and it did work rather well.
However, as I gained more and more experience, I kept thinking to myself, "Gee, I wish it would do just one more thing." Eventually, there were so many "things" I wished for that I realized the simple package would not do the job. I went looking for something more robust.
I finally settled on Wikimedia, the same package that runs Wikipedia.org and many other major wikis. However, Wikimedia can be complex for the system administrator (that's me) to install and configure. Therefore, I selected a hosted version on WikiDot.com that is much easier to configure. In short, WikiDot.com does all the complex work and all I have to do is fill in some menu items and some information. I copied all the existing information from the old calendar to the new calendar.
The old address of the Calendar of Genealogy Events was http://www.eogn.com/calendar and that hasn't changed. I re-mapped that address so that it now points to the new Calendar that is hosted on WikiDot.com. In addition, a new address of http://calendar.eogn.com also points to the same place. You can use either address. Your stored bookmarks and links don't need to be changed.
As always, you can directly enter information into the new Calendar. If it attracts spammers, as the old Calendar did on occasion, I might change that and require registration and a valid email address before anyone can enter new information. However, I will wait until that becomes a problem.
Of course, everyone will always be able to READ information posted to the Calendar of Genealogy Events without registering. That won't change.
Entering new information probably will feel "strange" the first two or three times you use that function. The text editor is different from (and much more powerful than) the previous editor. You can also enter pictures and more.
Feel free to check out the Calendar of Genealogy Events at http://www.eogn.com/calendar or at http://calendar.eogn.com.