Projects provide a facility for creating, correcting, linking, updating and enhancing research on Design & Art Australia Online.
A project is a focused collaborative push to complete a specific area of content work on Design & Art Australia Online. Projects allow moderators to initiate content growth in their own field, identify and communicate with their peers and help each other to gather information. In this way, Projects offer a way for researchers to build their own research community and to make their research and research area visible to other researchers and the pubic.
Creating a Project is a facility only available to Moderators
Moderators determine the scope of the Project content, its time frame, its target (i.e. 50 new records in 50 days) and who can be involved. Projects can be ‘open’ (any member can participate) or ‘invite only’. Find ‘create project’ under ‘Participate tab’ on home page.
Here’s how you can create your own Project
How can a member contribute to a project?
If a project is listed as ‘open’, any member can join the project and start helping out straight away!
What if I want to help a project but I am not a member?
Go to the front page sign up box and join us!
What if I want to create a project but I’m not a Moderator?
Apply to become a Moderator via email. The Administrator will send your Member profile to the Board or another Moderator in your field. Ask another Moderator to start the Project and invite you to be a Moderator too.
What kinds of Projects can I create?
That’s up to you. Design & Art Australia Online will ask you for a brief description of the task such as ‘create records for 50 artists from Broken Hill’ or ‘update all out-dated records in this Project folder’.
If your area of research is Queensland design 1980-1990, you can create projects to develop content on designers, groups, exhibitions and artworks that fit your criteria.
If you manage a commercial gallery and would like to keep your artist biographies up to date, you might want to invite them to contribute to your project ‘This Gallery’s artists’. Please see Contributor Guidelines .
How should I communicate with others in my Project team?
Each Project will have a discussion page so that members can talk about which records should be included in the Project, who might be able to contribute and the like. Please see Contributor Guidelines) ( i.e. keep it nice folks.)
How can I identify which members I should invite to my project?
Search for members by name or area of expertise and then invite them to join your project team. You can also invite non- members to join Design & Art Australia Online.
I’m working on a collaborative research project. Can my project have more than one Moderator?
Yes. Design & Art Australia Online is all about facilitating collaborative research. You can invite your collaborator to join the project and then use the checkbox to turn them into a Moderator.
What is the benefit of creating a project?
1. Creating projects allows contributors to find and build their research community.
2. Projects help contributors gather data by publicising the need information in a specified field.
3. Projects allow members to build content in a particular field of interest. Once the data is published on the system researchers can use it to answer complex research questions.
What can I do with the data?
Design & Art Australia Online publishes information on the lives of Australian artists and designers, but the biographical records are only the first point of interest. Design & Art Australia Online infrastructure and schema allow researchers to explore and discover patterns within the data.
Applications for Design & Art Australia Online data are varied. Soon we’ll be posting more information on our research partners