Create a project

Projects provide a facility for creating, updating, linking, and enhancing research on Design & Art Australia Online.

A project is a collaborative push to complete a specific area of content work on the DAAO. 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 enable researchers to build their own research community and to make their research more visible.

Here are some common questions about projects:

1) Who can create a project?
Anyone can create a project.

2) 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!

3) What if I want to help a project but I am not a member?
Go to the front page, look for the Sign Up box in the top right hand corner and join us!

4) 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’.

5) 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, who might be able to contribute, etc. Please see our Contributor guidelines for advice on etiquette (i.e. keep it nice, folks).

6) I’m working on a collaborative research project. Can my project have more than one Moderator?
Yes. DAAO 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.

7) What is the benefit of creating a project?
a) Creating projects allows contributors to find and build their research community.
b) Projects help contributors gather data and publicise the need for information in a specific field.
c) Projects allow members to build content in a particular field of interest. Once the data is published, researchers can use it to answer complex research questions.