Founders and Survivors is an Australian Research Council-funded research project to build biographies of the approx. 70,000 convicts transported to Tasmania, and their descendants. The project is a collaboration between historians, public health scientists, and a growing number of volunteer genealogists and amateur historians. Our tools include a massive and complex XML database, and social and collaboration tools built with Drupal and Google Docs.
This presentation will describe the goals and challenges of the project, the motivations behind the adoption of these tools, and their implementation.