Project Topoged

Monday, November 06, 2006

GenealogyJ Integration

Since we are using the GenealogyJ GEDCOM importer, might as well integrate the rest of the project so we can have all the cool views. This will require examining the source code of the GenealogyJ project and determine how to map the Topoged Database to the data format expected by GenealogyJ

GEDCOM Importer

The gedcom importer has been provided by the GenealogyJ project. Thanks.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Topoged Database

The Topoged database schema is based on The GENTECH Genealogical Data Model. The first iteration is an exact implementation of the data model. It may need to be expanded or modified to support performance. For example, a Family may need to be defined.

Other pieces that are missing are Place Authority and Name Authority. These will be added on later as well.

This is now in place and working thanks to the mapping files in geneapro

Topoged Project Roadmap

Topoged is a long-term on-going project.

Topoged InfrastructureTopoged User Interface
Topoged Data Searching
  • Peer to Peer Data Sharing
  • Automated Web Searching
Topoged Data Input
  • Form Based Data Input
  • Firefox Plugins
  • Automated Import from Web Sites (familysearch, rootsweb)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Genealogy 2.0 - topoged and data visualization

Expanded 3d image
Originally uploaded by m0smith.
Consider a topographical map. If you have one, go get it. I'll wait....... If you don't have one, check out

Consider the amount of information contained in that small amount of space. Not only does it tell you how far two place are from each other, but how steep the terrain is at any given point. You can also distinigish water, roads, etc.

Now look at your family history. Try a family group sheet. Not too much information. Maybe a pedigree chart. Still rather limited. I have over 10,000 people in the family history. That is not bragging, I didn't do all that work. But I need a way to adress all that data at once.

Why not combine the huge amount data that is represented by genealogy with the ability of a topographical map to represent a lot of data in a small area? A topographical map can be thought of as mapping 4 dimensions ( latitude, logitude, altitude, terrain ) into a 2 dimensional representation (a piece of paper or a computer screen). Using the same techniques, a computer could take 4 aspects of genealogy and map them to a 2 dimensional image.

The types of information that could be used from family hsitory are:
* Name - surname most likely
* Birth Date
* Marriage Date
* Death Date
* Relationship to a given person
* Number of childre
* Birth country
* Longitude and latitude of an event
* Date of any event

Those are just a few examples. The computer could then prompt the user for which four of all these type of information to use and then generate an image using mapping techniques.

Monday, November 21, 2005

topoged 2

topoged 2
Originally uploaded by m0smith.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Topoged-0.1 Released

TOPOGED - Creating a graphic image of a GEDCOM file.

It doesn't handle vey big files.

Put the tar file into a directory named topoged and execute the following to install it

tar zxvf topoged.tgz
chmod +x bin/*

To run it in a file nme gedfile.ged use:

bin/topoged < gedfile.ged

The name of the output file is topoged.png and it can be viewed with a
standard viewer like xview on linux.

xview topoged.png

If you want, upload the result to and give it the tag topoged.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Plot of a GEDCOM file

Plot of a GEDCOM file
Originally uploaded by m0smith.
We have the worlds first plot of a gedcom file. It is not very interesting, but it is a start.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

3D Data Plots

3D Data Plots

A tools that will do 3D plots in various ways.