Links Policy

Criteria for Inclusion of Information Links from Design & Art Australia Online

NOTE: If your organisation has multiple records to link to, contact Design & Art Australia Online to discuss processes for batch ingestions into database.

How and what to link in database
Design & Art Australia Online is a research tool therefore links should be precise, accurate and as up-to-date as possible. The general principle is that all links should refer as closely as possible to work, exhibition, award, collection as possible, Ie, link to the page that shows the work not the front page of the gallery site.

Design and Art Australia Online includes fields in which links can be related to the following areas:

Link directly to work record in online catalogue.
Please link to the page that shows the work in the context of the referring site. A page that has additional content (ie title, date, media) about the work is ideal.

Example: Joy Hester’s Lovers [IV], 1955 is shown on this link

Please do not link to the front page of relevant site.

Please link directly to official exhibition page.

Example :This link is to home page of the Cultural Warriors exhibition.

Please link directly to official recognition page.

Example: This page provides link to winner of 2011 Archibald Prize

If a direct link to an award is not available then link to the front page of official recognition site.

Direct link to the collection site

Example: Please link to the page that links to the collection page of site. The artist/designers/curator should be able to be found by searching the collection. Example NGA Collection

Please do not link to the front page of the institution’s site.

URLS need only be suited here if the institution is not well known in Australia. For example it is not useful to put the front page URL of COFA (UNSW) or RMIT as these are easily found. However is an artist trained at a studio or overseas college, a URL might be useful as it provides a context for training that may otherwise be obscure.

Personal or company websites.
Personal and Company sites can be linked. These are useful for contact. They also provide another context into creator’s lives and processes. We prefer to link to sites that maintain general web standards:clear design and navigation; clear contact information; stable URLS; quick loading times; and accessibility for vision impaired. Not all creator’s sites have the resources to do this and so we are more lenient with URLS that occupy this field. As a rule of thumb, it the site looks out of date and neglected- if it has broken links and no clear way to contact the site owner, please don’t link it.

References and further reading on biographical information
Reference sites should confirm to general research standards of objectivity and verifiability.

Below is a set of criteria which we would expect sites used as reference link to comply with. We ask to read the guidelines below and use good judgement. Any site considered not confirm within reason to the following criteria can be removed by Design & Art Australia Online Moderator or Administrator

Criteria for Linked Websites used as references and other reading
Criteria include: Relevance; Authority; Purpose, Focus and Bias; Accuracy; Currency; and Ease of Use, Navigation and Accessibility.

-The website should offer pertinent information about Australian artists, their lives or works

Note: Information regarding the criteria for inclusion on the site and who qualifies as an Australian artist can be found here in Design & Art Australia Online Contributor Guidelines

-The persons/organisation responsible for the content should be clearly identified
-The qualifications or credentials of the author(s) should be stated and/or verifiable
-The website should be clearly labelled with the name of the owner or sponsor of the site, and their contact details – A copyright statement indicating the copyright owner of the content should appear on the site.

Note: Authoritative sources include websites produced, hosted or sponsored by a Design & Art Australia partner; an Australian Commonwealth, State or Territory government agency, or government-funded/sponsored art gallery; an Australian university; overseas government agencies and universities. However, such websites should still satisfy evaluation criteria for relevance, accuracy and currency.

Commercial, community or cooperative websites may be linked if they are reputable organisations, add additional information to that presented in Design And Art Australia Online itself, and satisfy the evaluation criteria.

Personal websites (e.g. of artists) as reference source is generally discouraged however they may be linked as reference sources if relevant and if they satisfy the evaluation criteria.

Purpose, Focus and Bias – The purpose of the site should be clearly stated – The intended audience should be prominently indicated or apparent from the statement of purpose – Any advertising or promotional material should be clearly distinguishable from information content – If the site presents opinion, the opinions should be credited (i.e., not anonymous) – There should be no bias but if there is it should be clearly indicated – Political, ideological or commercial affiliations (if any) should be stated

Accuracy – The content should be well-written, readable and presented in logical order – There should be no spelling or grammatical errors – The content of the website should be accurate and verifiable in other sources or by experts – Sources of information should be cited when/where appropriate

Note: Content on Design & Art Australia Online partner websites and from other authoritative sources (see Authority above) is considered to be accurate.

Currency – The information should be current and regularly updated (date of latest update should be indicated on each page) – Each page should indicate when the content was compiled or last revised – Links on the pages should work

Ease of Use, Navigation and Accessibility – The site’s URL should be stable – The page download time should be reasonable (i.e., not more than 10 seconds) – The site should be navigation friendly with aids such as search; alphabetical index; site map; breadcrumbs; navigation bars on each page; help and documentation; link to Home on each page – The website should be consistent in presentation of content, in use of colour, and in style and size of fonts and icons – When content items require special software (eg, Adobe Reader) to open and use them, the reader should be informed of this and provided with links to software download sites – If access to the site content is restricted (eg to subscribers), this should be clearly indicated, with information on fees and charges. WE DISCOURAGE LINKING TO CONTENT THAT IS NOT FREE. Please only link to such service if obscure information is available no where else. – The site should accommodate use by different browser software (eg, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome) – The site should ideally provide text equivalents to visual and auditory contents and make its content accessible to people with disabilities. i.e., Does the site follow the W3C Accessibility Guidelines.