Thanks Randy, that is an excellent summary.

* Randy Wilson ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) [Mon,  3 Jun 2002 at 11:58 -0600]
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> Thanks for the pointer to the GEDCOM 6.0/XML document.  I had heard that the LDS 
>church was planning to create an XML standard for GEDCOM, but I hadn't seen it yet.  
>The difference is that they are doing an XML version of GEDCOM, while Hans is doing a 
>XML version of the Genealogical Data Model (GDM).
> 
> The GDM is based on storing raw data, making assertions based on that data, making 
>higher-level assertions based on those, etc., in order to form conclusions based on 
>lower-level information or logic.  Each piece of data or assertion carries with it an 
>audit trail to show exactly where it came from.  GEDCOM, on the other hand, simply 
>stores the final conclusions, possibly with one or more source citations (e.g., a 
>book and page number, if you're lucky).  That is a much larger leap, and makes it 
>extremely difficult to verify what others have done (i.e., you would usually have to 
>go to the library and look the page up, and then read through the page to find the 
>sentence containing information about the person).
> 
> --Randy Wilson
> 
> >>> Lars Olson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 06/03/02 11:01AM >>>
> Newbie from UUG here...
> 
> How does this project differ from the GEDCOM 6.0 project from the Mormon 
> church?  (They're creating an XML DTD so that GEDCOM files can ge 
> migrated to XML.)
> 
> More info:
> http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Home/FAQ/frameset_faq.asp?FAQ=faq_gedcom.asp 
> 
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