The answer to that is the same as the answer to the question 'How does the Genealogical Data Model differ from GEDCOM?' The answer is addressed fairly well in the GDM spec (http://gentech.org/gdm - yes it's in word format but hopefully openoffice can grok it or you can find a windows box to read it on). Basically, GEDCOM was made by the church for its own purposes (submitting names to the church, exporting from PAF) and the genealogical community outside of the church embraced it as the closest thing to a standard that there was. All these years it has served everyone well, but it is not the best data model for describing genealogical information, which is why the GDM came about.
The GDM is a different paradigm altogether. I wish I could explain it in a few words but the best I can do is point you to the docs at the above url. Or, I could lend you my printout for a day or two (but I didn't bring it with me to campus today) Hans :) * Lars Olson ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) [Mon, 3 Jun 2002 at 11:01 -0600] <quote> > 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 > > > _______________________________________________ > gdmxml mailing list > [EMAIL PROTECTED] > http://fugal.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/gdmxml </quote> -- "Everybody is talking about the weather but nobody does anything about it." -- Mark Twain _______________________________________________ gdmxml mailing list [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://fugal.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/gdmxml