Who can resist Bambi? Not us, for sure. We recently had our first fawn of the spring season nibbling on the bed of ivy in our back yard. (The deer make a regular run of the bed, taking only the newest, most tender leaves. This little guy's (or gal's) mother was demonstrating the neighborhood treats.)
We still get ducks (is Pauline going to lay any eggs this year?), turkeys, deer (when do the bucks rub the velvet off their antlers?), birds, and squirrels (who will win the sunflower seed wars: the squirrels or our upstairs neighbors?). They're fun to watch when we take work breaks during the day.
News From Nan is a family-oriented genealogy web portal. The site combines "grandma's" reminiscences, formal genealogy data, and current family news that represents history in the making.
News From Nan serves as both a working family website and a proof-of-concept model of potential interest to family historians, genealogists, and technologists. The site solution features natively produced blogs, family stories, trip journals, and slideshows, as well as repurposed, structured output from GEDCOM (fully linked person pages) and XML/DITA (e-books and PDF files).
The site illustrates a flexible, highly extensible information and technology solution that can make use of a wide variety of applications, tools, platforms, content, and data.
Key technical features used to produce the site include a web service that implements APIs for remote publishing on a CMS platform and a set of scripts that drives the remote publishing process while preserving the original relationships, links, media, and metadata.
News From Nan has been in existence since 1998; it was originally created to help Nan keep in touch with family and friends after she had suffered a major stroke.
The site was originally coded in raw HTML, converted to Dreamweaver in about 2003, to WordPress in 2010, and to Drupal 7 in 2011.
We continue to improve and enrich the site; our most recent projects were a family birthday book and person pages republished from GEDCOM genealogy data in Family Tree Maker.
As family historians, we welcome comments and contributions from other family members and friends.
As evangelists for content-rich web portal solutions, we offer free demonstrations, seminars, collaborative brainstorming sessions, general knowledge transfer, and proofs of concept to interested individuals and groups. We also offer consulting help to individuals and organizations as they design, plan, and implement similar solutions.