Monday, January 25, 2010

Submitting Data to JewishGen's Online Burial Registry (JOWBR)

Posted by Nolan Altman

To assist donors who are interested in submitting data and/or photos to the JOWBR database, JewishGen has developed a series of “How To” screencasts (short online movies). When you watch these screencasts, you will be able to watch and hear an explanation of how to make a complete and successful JOWBR submission. (Even if you're not making a submission, the first 2 and the last screencast will give you background and a walk-through the JOWBR site.)

The screencasts cover all the questions we typically receive, from “How do I know if my cemetery is online?” to “What will my data look like when I’m done?” And of course, the majority of the screencasts describe how to properly complete the standard JOWBR excel template by making specific entries in the Cemetery Info tab and the Burial Template.

Each screencast addresses a specific topic or type of entry. You can watch the entire series or just the ones you have questions on, and like all online videos, you can pause or replay them as desired. (An alternative to watching the screencasts is the “Submitting Data to JOWBR page at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Submit.htm)

The following is a list of the screencasts available and their length:

  1. JOWBR – An Introduction (0:57)
  2. Getting Started (3:55)
  3. The Cemetery Info Tab (4:34)
  4. The Burial Template – Overview (2:12)
  5. Entering Names (4:48)
  6. Entering Place Names (2:09)
  7. Entering Dates (2:34)
  8. Entering Plot Locations and the Comments Field (1:13)
  9. Linking Photos to Your Records (2:41)
  10. Putting it all Together - Viewing Your Output (3:09)
We hope this submission aide will help you see that submitting records to JOWBR is not at all difficult. The ability to share data with researchers and family members around the world is invaluable and we hope that you’ll consider making a submission of your own.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

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