Monday, July 9, 2012

Family History Through the Alphabet – I is for …where would we be without them?

ICT stands for "Information and Communication Technologies"  - essential for the 21st Century Genealogist.

Here's a dictionary definition (so we are all singing from the same songsheet):

 ICT refers to technologies that provide access to information through telecommunications. It is similar to Information Technology (IT), but focuses primarily on communication technologies. This includes the Internet, wireless networks, cell phones, and other communication mediums.
In the past few decades, information and communication technologies have provided society with a vast array of new communication capabilities. For example, people can communicate in real-timewith others in different countries using technologies such as instant messaging, voice over IP (VoIP), and video-conferencing. Social networking websites like Facebook allow users from all over the world to remain in contact and communicate on a regular basis.
Modern information and communication technologies have created a "global village," in which people can communicate with others across the world as if they were living next door. For this reason, ICT is often studied in the context of how modern communication technologies affect society. Source:
Please take some time to to reflect on your genealogy activities and think how the absence of ICT from your life would have an IMPACT on your practices.


Gould Genealogy said...

No doubt about it, we'd be lost without our modern toys.

Anonymous said...

ICT has made a HUGE difference to my life, both personally as well as with genealogical research. Health issues make travel a little tricky so travelling with my fingers is the way to go. Every day I count my blessings... Thanks for the reminding Jill.

Sharon said...

How quickly we take them for granted!

Kerryn Taylor said...

Once again thanks for an informative post Jill. I doubt I will ever get to use all the technology you mention but I do love to read about it just in case. Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge.
Have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award


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