The “Verein für Computergenealogie” – association for computer genealogy – short: CompGen

by Dr. Jesper Zedlitz, Computer Genealogy Association

Since March 2015 the “Verein für Computergenealogie” (association for computer genealogy – or short CompGen) is a member of ICARUS. In this article I would like to introduce the association and some of its projects.

With more than 3,700 members CompGen is the largest genealogical association in Germany. It was founded in 1989 and quickly gained popularity (and members) by taking chances on a then young technology, the internet. CompGen is a non-profit organization and is completely funded by member fees. As an advocate for open-access data, CompGen surely had a share in the fact that the genealogical market in Germany is different than in other countries. Under our ‘brand’ we offer a variety of information infrastructure. The “Verein für Computergenealogie” – association for computer genealogy – short: CompGen weiterlesen

Jesper Zedlitz

Dr. Jesper Zedlitz © Andreas Geick

Dr. Jesper Zedlitz is a Senior Software Engineer and in his free time a board member of the Computer Genealogy Association, where he is responsible for all topics related to computer science.

He studied computer science in Kiel until 2005. This was followed by a number of positions, both non-university and at the university, among others at a large German Internet provider and the “ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics”. Since completing his doctorate in
2013 until the beginning of 2018, he has been a research associate at the Communication Systems Group at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Kiel. His main research topics were conceptual modeling, Digital Humanities and Citizen Science. He has participated in numerous interdisciplinary projects with historians, linguists and musicologists. Since the beginning of 2018 he is working as Senior Software Engineer for a Hamburg based software company. Jesper Zedlitz weiterlesen