Monday, June 4, 2012
Sharing and Genealogy
In some situations sharing becomes more complicated like when you share and someone else uses your information in a book. Sometimes we want to share (or to, er, correct) and our outreach is ignored.
Sharing is a sticky wicket. When is sharing ok and when has it gone too far? In most cases sharing is a personal preference or an ethical consideration. Sometimes it can damage a reputation but rarely does a case gone bad go further than that.
So I thought I would post today about sharing and open up for discussion about your good experiences and bad experiences with regards to sharing research with distant cousins, colleagues and the press.
In a recent public example, Megan Smolenyak wrote this blog post about her experience sharing her research with a journalist.
In a fascinating turn of events, one of Megan's follower's wrote in response on her Facebook wall about wanting to share information with the author of a then upcoming journal article only to have the conflicting information ignored by the author. How does that reflect on the authenticity and honesty of the later published article?
And of course, we all know the problem of well-intentioned sharing that leads to online proliferation of erroneous information.
So let the discussion begin! Have you had a problem when sharing any of your research? And how involved should the genealogical community be in setting standards or guidelines for something that seems at times to run amiss of common sense?
Photo credit: Photo by Asenat29 and used under the creative commons license.
Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis at 4:29 PM