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Monday, January 01, 2007

Coming Attractions

2007 has just begun, and already there is genealogical news to report.

Keep an eye on Footnote.com in coming days. The Pennsylvania Archives collection is nearly complete, and a full-scale public launch is imminent.

Nova Scotia Vital Statistics—which I wrote about in May—will be coming online this month as well.

Work on the Historical Vital Statistics Online Initiative is now in its final stages. Volume and stress testing of the million-name database, linked images, and e-business component enabling online credit-card purchase, are almost complete. We are extremely pleased with the flexibility and versatility of the Web-based application. The legislative process, involving amendments to existing statutes and the issuing of a regulation authorizing fees, is also in its final stages. Any remaining delays result from compliance requirements around Nova Scotia's new Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act (PIIDPA) which came into effect on 15 November 2006. We anticipate resolving these outstanding issues in time for a projected January 2007 launch. [Link]
I hope that the promised "flexibility and versatility" extend to Firefox users: the homepage doesn't work at the moment.

And the first day of school at GenClass is Thursday, with over 100 students already signed up. You can complete the lessons at your own pace, and in your own pajamas. Best of all, you don't have to interact with your fellow students. It'll be just like high school.

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