Free UK Genealogy Open Data Conference in London on 30th January

Free UK Genealogy will host a conference later this month that aims to start a consultation process with the volunteers collaborating with Free UK Genealogy (previously named FreeBMD). FreeBMD (which aims to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales), FreeREG (Parish Registers) and FreeCEN (Census data) are all projects supported by Free UK Genealogy.


During this conference, topics such as the benefits and value of opening up data (or family history) and Linked Data will be debated. Quoting the conference’s web site:

The main purpose of the conference is to begin a consultation process with our volunteer transcribers, past and present. On 30th January we will be launching a consultation on the wording of a new Transcriber’s Agreement. The agreements will secure the future of transcriptions as resources free to access and use by all, forever, by making them Open Data.

Open data is data that people are free to use, re-use and redistribute – without any legal, technological or social restriction – subject, at most, to measures that preserve provenance and openness.

Who should come?

Transcribers (future, current and past) – a chance to find out first hand more about open data, the transcribers agreement, and the current work of Free UK Genealogy volunteers.

Co-ordinators and other volunteers working on Free UK Genealogy projects – so you will know more if your transcribers ask you questions, and be able to contribute to the consultation yourselves.

Press and the public – be the first to learn about the changes happening at Free UK Genealogy.

The conference is free but spaces are limited so you need to book your place immediately. The conference is being held at The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BF London on Saturday, 30 January 2016 from 13:00 to 16:45 (GMT). More information about the event, including details of how to register for free, can be found at

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