The Guild of One-Name Studies has implemented a major new Members’ Website Project.
The Guild says: “The main purpose of the Members’ Websites Project is to enable the website of each participating member to continue indefinitely as a publicly accessible website after the member has died or ceased to be a member of the Guild.
“This is a ground-breaking project for the Guild and goes to the heart of the objectives of the Guild’s Constitution which are to advance the education of the public in one-name studies, to promote the preservation and publication of the resultant data, and to maximize its accessibility to interested members of the public.
“The project and its infrastructure have been through some extensive pilot running and have been thoroughly and successfully tested. The project is planned to go live on the 1st April 2016.
“The Members’ Websites Project is designed to provide a safe haven for Guild members’ one-name study websites. A member who has registered the surname concerned with the Guild can now copy an existing one-name study website or upload a newly created website to the Project’s hosting facility. It will then be accessible to viewers the world over via the address yourstudysurname.one-name.net, although existing personal domain names can still also be used.
“After uploading their website, a member will still be able to edit, delete and add to its pages. When they pass away or cease membership, it will be preserved by the Guild and available to public to view just as they left it. Research data, surname trees, images, histories, hypotheses, conclusions – all will thus be available to future generations.
“Since the proposal to develop a trial Members’ Website Project was approved in September 2014, extensive test have been ongoing to ensure that a significant variety of website could be maintained and hosted on a Guild website. During the trial period, the Guild have signed up 96 one-name study websites, of which 76 are now live, covering around a half a million names.
“Full details of the Project are now available on the Members’ Websites Project pages.”