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Where are genealogical data standards futures currently being discussed/developed?

Right now there are many data formats (many commercial and open source programs have their own) and GEDCOM is the de facto standard for interworking. It has many deficiencies. Is there work underway to come up with a replacement.


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Gedcom X is a project by familysearch. It is being done open-source and anyone can participate. More information can be found here.

The Family History Information Standards Organisation is in the process of being formed to address the standarization of genealogy data and exchange. People or organizations interested in participating can find information here.

It is not clear is the above efforts will merge or compete.

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    GEDCOM X is not being developed as a GEDCOM replacement. It is being developed to allow selected programs to exchange data between themselves and Family Search. It does not appear to be developed to exchange data between programs or persons.
    – Alex
    Commented Dec 1, 2012 at 13:57
  • @Alex as I stated elsewhere, this is incorrect.
    – user47
    Commented Dec 1, 2012 at 17:55
  • Any update on how the process fares nowadays? Commented Dec 30, 2023 at 21:05

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