|NEW Genealogical Standards
Last month, the National
Genealogical Society established the following set of "Standards For
Sharing Information With Others". Kudos to NGS! Furthermore, the NGS
recommends an excellent set of "Guidelines For Publishing Web Pages On
The Internet" (see their site).
|Conscious of the fact that sharing information or data with
others, whether through speech, documents or electronic media,
is essential to family history research and that it needs
continuing support and encouragement, responsible family
- respect the restrictions on sharing information that
arise from the rights of another as an author, originator or
compiler; as a living private person; or as a party to a
- observe meticulously the legal rights of copyright
owners, copying or distributing any part of their works only
with their permission, or to the limited extent specifically
allowed under the law's "fair use" exceptions.
- identify the sources for all ideas, information and data
from others, and the form in which they were received,
recognizing that the unattributed use of another's
intellectual work is plagiarism.
- respect the authorship rights of senders of letters,
electronic mail and data files, forwarding or disseminating
them further only with the sender's permission.
- inform people who provide information about their
families as to the ways it may be used, observing any
conditions they impose and respecting any reservations they
may express regarding the use of particular items.
require some evidence of consent before assuming that living
people are agreeable to further sharing of information about
- convey personal identifying information about living
people--like age, home address, occupation or
activities--only in ways that those concerned have expressly
- recognize that legal rights of privacy may limit the
extent to which information from publicly available sources
may be further used, disseminated or published.
- communicate no information to others that is known to be
false, or without making reasonable efforts to determine its
truth, particularly information that may be derogatory.
- are sensitive to the hurt that revelations of criminal,
immoral, bizarre or irresponsible behavior may bring to
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