To: Paul Nauta
I do have a question on something Dick Eastman mentioned on his blog concerning this subject.
"...all records published under this project must be made available at no charge to patrons at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and to patrons at local FamilySearch Family History Centers around the world. The information also must be available to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at no charge."
Are you able to discuss how the church members will have access? This sounded to me like "special access". I'm hoping here that we can access it from our homes and not necessarily at a FHC. Well, I can dream can't I.
Really appreciate anything you can tell me. Thanks again.
To: Renee Zamora
There are levels of access that FamilySearch will seek in all project negotiations. In all situations, the indices resulting from cooperative initiatives must be freely available online for patron use (at least through FamilySearch, but possibly through the record custodian or service provider's site also). Following are the levels of access we are seeking under the FamilySearch Records Access program, in priority order, respective to digital images linked to the indices created with commercial entities:
- Free access to digital images for Latter-day Saints from home (this would require authenticated log in).
- Free access to FamilySearch members (This option requires further exploration, but the concept is that individuals can earn the "right" to view digital images at affiliate/service provider sites by offering a required amount of "sweat equity". For example, X number of names indexed as a volunteer in a 30 day period through FamilySearch Indexing in return for X days of access to the pay-per-view images from the convenience of their homes)
- Free access to all through family history centers and the Family History Library
Does that help clarify the fog a little?
Manager of Public Affairs
Family & Church History Department