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Postby mkmurray » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:16 pm

Let's remember to keep this thread focused on questions for the Tech Talk. Also I would like to ask everyone to read the other questions before you post a duplicate question. There are have been quite a few repeated questions.

Thanks everyone.

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Postby MadariagaHo » Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:40 am

Question for the next LDS Tech Talk:
What's going to be the impact (if any) of cloud computing in the way that the Church processes its information?

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New family search and it's development

Postby falisrm-p40 » Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:55 am

What are the plans for New Family Search?

Since the new family search is still new and only now being used in many parts of the world, how are they planning to develop it and what are they going in integrate into the program? I'm excited for the Life Browser Prototypeto be developed and somehow integrated into New FamilySearch. That way we could upload images like pictures and other sources like birth certificates. In addition, Something like Life Browser would be a good resource to have to introduce the church and family history to other people. My other suggestion is to promote Family Search Indexing more because many people don't even know about it still.

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Developing Ward Websites

Postby falisrm-p40 » Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:03 am

What are your plans for developing Ward Websites?

I know the church goes into great efforts to develop software for members like the ward websites. This might be a far off request, but what are the resources you are planning to have for ward websites? The information is great like ward and leadership directories. The ability to email and post information helps also. Are there any plans to add addition features like Chatting, or resources to help with callings. Like report downloads for attendance or weekly reports.

I think the church can place more emphasis on resources for members to fulfill their callings easier. Like the ability to work on their callings from home, whether it's food specialists to home teaching supervisors.

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What are the plans for MLS for future features and development?

Postby falisrm-p40 » Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:27 am

MLS is more advanced than most churches in regards to efficiency and accuracy. What does the church plan to develop with the MLS software?
If so, in what ways? Another request is if the church would be willing to have some kind of companion software members can use to access and do limited work on their home computers. This will give members the ability to do more like update information or report home teaching and so forth from their home into the MLS system. I know this is a privacy issue and security issue more than anything else.

Edit: i just thought of a security solution. You can have it so if members work on the MLS from home. The updates don't actually occur until a member like the clerk approves the information. This is similar to what happens in the ward websites right now.

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Pleas for MLS modernization, and a question on IT recruiting

Postby geek » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:13 am

1. When will MLS allow us to have a phone and email for each family member, as opposed to 1 or 2 for the entire family?

2. When will family contact information on be linked to MLS?

3. Has the Church ever given thought to hiring technology workers who don't have to live in Utah (or otherwise can visit Utah once or twice a year)? It seems that with virtualization, VPN, and the Internet, the Church's attempts to recruit would be easier if people didn't have to move to Utah.
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mls/LUWS status, video streaming

Postby garywhancock » Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:17 pm

1. Status of MLS and LUWS updates and plans with approx timetables for the future
I'm interested as many are, in having information about the status of MLS and LUWS and plans for the future.
I have followed this site for a long time and I see a lot of good ideas, mapping w/lat/long, updating Melch priesthood ordiancances from the stake, better linkage between MLS and LUWS, limitations of LUWS of creating simple web pages or attaching documents of presentations that are bigger than 1mb, ordering the data on the info pages, etc. I would sure like to know when some of these feature, if ever, will be available to clerks.

2. Ability to contribute to the Church Software Applications
I too am a software developer that would love to help out on improving church applications. I've written several scripts to generate compact lists of members, and callings and even a more ambitious program to create mapping software to allow me to help in the creating of several recent wards using external spreadsheets and google earth. It was an incredible time save over previous attempts in using geocodes which are just to time consuming to be useful.

3.Video Streaming of Stake Conferences and key stake meetings (RS womens conference, General priesthood meeting, etc)
I've seen many posts about options, mostly used in Utah with line of site type connections. We have several building separated by many miles. It would be invaluable to be able to multi-cast to these far away buildings to cut down on travel time and expense for our members. Is the church looking at something like this or is it everyone to figure out for themselves.

I really appreciate all you do in SLC with these applications. I've been a clerk for many years and MLS is much better and easier for our clerks than the old MIS system. It's continually improving, but there's still much to be done to make it not just easier but more convenient for our clerks, especially stake clerks who have to support many units. We still spend way to much time, updating duplicate information to MLS and LUWS which should be syncronized.

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Update of Fam History projects?

Postby jmasters-p40 » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:21 am

You came out to the bay area twice over the last 3-4 years, and shared some of the really big challenges ahead of you has it pertained to bringing up New Family Search, as well as working on digitizing/storing/accessing scanned microfilms from the granite mountain.

Can you speak to some of the obstacles you came across, lessons learned, successes and failures and perhaps even miracles in accomplishing what you have. And where are you going from here?

Any reason why census images from 1880 are not visible?

And can you elaborate about what was mentioned in Ancestry Insider a few weeks back regarding the partnership between the church and Ancestry as it pertains to access to extracted data and source images?

I wish I could attend the meeting on Thu, but I have a prior meeting commitment on Thu. But I'm VERY tempted to skip it. :-)



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Better support for disaster relief efforts

Postby toddwarrenbeck » Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:41 am

With yet another major storm headed into the Gulf, disaster relief seems to be a topic worthy of discussion.

When considering the resources required for maximum impact, here are two significant gaps.

1. The ability to locate and assess the condition of leaders and members who may have evacuated the affected area.
  • Create a phone number (something memorable such as 1-800-LDS-FIND) where leaders and members could report their current location, condition, and temporary contact information.
    • Personal information would be received but not given, so no privacy concerns.
    • MLS records would not be changed, so no need to validate information. This is just a temporary database during relief efforts.
    • Leaders and members could be given a brief message from Church leaders giving basic instruction.
  • Create a web page (on as an alternative to the phone number.
    • Members who evacuate often have access to the Internet, even from shelters.
    • This seems like a less expensive option than a call center.
  • Members must be educated long in advance about this phone number and web site, and told they are expected to contact the Church when they evacuate during a disaster.
  • This would be similar to the service provided by the American Red Cross
2. The ability for volunteers, who are often unfamiliar with the area, to locate the three primary targets (A. The home of each Church member. B. Other specific addresses, such as homes of first responders, individuals with special priority needs, local infrastructure, etc. C. Neighborhoods or other general areas of focus.) of the relief efforts.
  • Enable more reliable mapping of member homes.
    • A validation step before an address is input into MLS that makes sure the address can be mapped by off-the-shelf mapping software.
      • If not map-able, the address would be rejected by MLS and ward clerks instructed to get accurate information.
      • If the address maps into a different unit’s boundaries, the record would be sent to the appropriate unit, instead.
    • Church-provided software that would automatically generate a map to (and, perhaps driving directions from the ward building) to each member’s home.
      • This would be useful outside of disasters, for new move-ins, home teaching assignments, missionary exchanges, etc.
  • Enable an MLS report that would automatically generate a simple Work Order Form (we have a template you could use) for each member, along with map coordinates that refer to either Church-provided maps or commercially available maps.

I'm praying that nobody needs these tools after Hurricane Gustav passes this week.

Thanks for your support of improved technology for disaster relief!

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Postby russellhltn » Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:07 pm

Emergency Communications - So far all organization seems to be local. I have been unable to find any guidelines on how to communicate from the stake back to the Area or to CHQ. Are there any guidelines?
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