08 February 2012
Genealogy search engine Mocavo has announced several new product capabilities and content additions including free storage and sh
Genealogy search engine Mocavo has announced several new product capabilities and content additions including free storage and sharing for historical records, iPhone and Android apps, and the new Discovery Stream.
With the Historical Record Storage and Sharing Platform, genealogists will have for the first time a platform to self-publish high-resolution documents that are automatically digitised using OCR and made searchable – all for free. Mocavo users will be able to upload historical records such as photos, books and documents to their accounts. Records can be uploaded in several different ways: via a web browser, Mocavo’s new smartphone apps, by email, or through the Dropbox service. Mocavo users retain full ownership of their records, can delete them at any time, and can control whether or not their records are shared with the public. Mocavo personnel are going to be religiously policing for copyrighted content and have dedicated support people for this purpose. Mocavo’s new iPhone and Android smartphone applications will enable users to take pictures of historical records, photographs – even entire books – and have them automatically uploaded to Mocavo’s historical record storage and sharing service. Users can also perform Mocavo searches and access their Mocavo accounts through the smartphone apps. Mocavo’s apps are in the process of being approved and will soon be available for download.
In addition to creating a powerful search engine for family history, Mocavo wants to connect and empower the social discoveries made by genealogists every day and aims to do this with Discovery Stream. The stream will deliver a constant source of new user-generated content in a fashion similar to the Facebook newsfeed or Pinterest. Whether users are uploading family trees and documents, or finding positive matches on the search engine, Mocavo wants to bring these interactions to light. ‘Our mission is to find the world’s family history records and make them easily accessible to the growing legions of genealogists and family historians,’ said Cliff Shaw, CEO of Mocavo. ‘... we want to work with every genealogy content creator, be they big or small, to help them bring their content online and make it searchable for free.’