I visited your website. How is this project different from, or an enhancement of, the transcriptions of every census that has already been done by FamilySearch?
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The two biggest differences are:
By contrast, there will be no such restrictions on the transcripts created by volunteers on the Open Genealogy Data website (opengendata.org). Academic researchers, genealogists, historians, individuals or small businesses that wish to create innovative new services, and even the National Archives and Records Administration itself will all be able to download and use the transcribed data in any innovative way that they think could be of benefit to the public, or even just for their own research.
2) On FamilySearch, the public can only access the census within the constraints of the search capabilities specifically provided by FamilySearch on their site. You can search for and access individual records, but you do not have access to the entirety of the census database at once, which would be necessary for many types of research in a variety of fields (history, economics, anthropology, sociology, longitudinal studies, etc.) and also useful for some genealogy tasks such as one-name studies and location-based research.
By contrast, the Open Genealogy Data website will allow you to download the entire database of all of the volunteer transcripts so you can search, sort, group, access, and analyze the data in any way you see fit instead of being limited to just the functionality provided in the search form on the website. And scientists and statisticians will be able to analyze the data using their own computer programs and algorithms.
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Thanks for getting in touch and for the additional background that you provided on the goals of your site. We strongly encourage re-use of NARA’s holdings and, to quote one of our current Strategic Goals, “NARA must increase the number and variety of platforms and organizations that use NARA data sets to allow for deeper public engagement....”
With respect to Census records, bulk access not been something that we have focused on to date; however we recognize that this is increasingly a feature that people may be looking for. If you would like to discuss further, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.