I work with a a couple of small non-profit genealogical and historical groups and we are interested in releasing some of the datasets we've compiled over the years as open data. This information is already freely searchable through our online databases, which use Apache Solr and/or MySQL on the backend, but we'd like to start explicitly recognizing that this data is in the public domain and releasing the sets for individual download as CSV's.
Obviously, it's not very likely that the old Austro-Hungarian Empire is going to resurrect itself just so that it can set up a Socrata or CKAN portal for its old town-by-town tax rolls and birth indices. :-) So, it looks like I may be the one creating a new website later this year or early next year to collect and distribute genealogical/historical datasets such as these. Ideally, such a site would have detailed metadata available for the datasets, including how the data was transcribed (by hand from digital photographs or scans, usually), where the original copies are stored (libraries, archives), and would correctly label the data as public domain, since it was usually created by government entities, most of which do not exist anymore. Some kind of versioning history would be nice too, in case any mistakes or typos are later discovered and fixed.
I think I've been in touch with all the historical/genealogical groups that I know of that would be interested in contributing to such a new endeavor, but I want to make sure I am aware of all the open data groups that might have an interest too. What open data groups (besides Code4Lib, ODI, etc.) would be good for me to contact? What are some things I would need to keep in mind if I created such an online archive? What problems do you foresee with this idea?
Finally, suggestions for a name for this new site would be most appreciated. ("Open Data of the Dead" is probably way too creepy, right?)