Draft, 6 February 2003
Practice statement | Other resources
for Standards and Protocols
The Aboriginal Languages of Australia Virtual Library
aims to implement best practice in its category.
Comments on this page are welcome: please email the Library's editor, David
- Indigenous protocol
- The editor has active communication channels and links with Indigenous organisations
- The editor applies Indigenous protocols to the full extent that he is capable.
- The Library declares the proportion of sites that are produced or published
by Indigenous people or organisations (these details not listed site-by-site)
- Stability and reliability
- This site is located at a server/address controlled by the editor, who has
a commitment to publishing on the Internet about Aboriginal languages and
to the Virtual Library. This avoids the common problem of the unreliability
of sites at Universities and other institutions where resources change address
(or even disappear) due to actions by administrators, technical persons etc.
- Information quality
- The editor has been an active participant in Aboriginal languages education
and associated areas for more than ten years.
- The editor evaluates every resource. Most resources have been located by
the editor in active searches of the web. Only sites that contribute positively
to knowledge about and promotion of Aboriginal languages are listed. The editor
annotates each resource to help the reader choose a link and anticipate its
- Warnings are given where appropriate if a site is judged worthy of inclusion
but may present problems or inaccuracies to the reader.
- Information currency
- The Library is updated regularly, and typically undergoes a major update
twice a year. Unlike many other sites, the update process includes:
- checking every single link to make sure the site is active
- if a resource has "disappeared"
- efforts are made to find the resource in a new location (in about
50% of cases of broken links, the resource has been moved)
- if the resource cannot be located, the link is removed from the
published version of the Library (but see below under Information
- checking for changes in content of sites
- reviewing and updating annotations
- listing new sites that have been suggested by readers
- a very active process of seeking out new sites
- Information management
- The library data is kept in a database that is independent of the web pages
that appear on the Internet. This database is used to regenerate the Library
web pages on each major update (using "eMU" software created by the editor).
The database stores more than five years' history of resources, including
information about changes of content and address, and about resources that
have since gone off-line. It therefore provides documentation of data collected
and decisions made during the Library's history. It also constitues a valuable
repository of information about the history and evolution of Internet resources
for Aboriginal languages.
- The Library does not use fancy technologies or graphics. It uses standard
web-literacy formats to encourage the widest range of readers. All pages are
optimised for display on the main browsers in use; however, the site is fully
usable in older or severely problematic browsers such as Netscape 4.X.
- The editor constantly strives to provide the greatest amount of information
with the fastest download time. For example, in January 2003, the number of
listed resources reached a level where single pages for each browsing type
would have become too large. A new site architecture was created, so that
readers start with a Yahoo-like opening page that provides a menu to all categories
and languages under which resources are listed. Clicking any one of these
links provides the page for the selected category/language only, and is therefore
as compact as possible.
Other resources for Standards and Protocols
Several other sites include information about standards and protocols for web
publishing in Indigenous affairs and studies.
Go back to Aboriginal
Languages Virtual Library
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- This site contains much useful information, especially about broadcasting.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols for Libraries, Archives
and Information Services.
http://www.ciolek.com/WWWVL-InfoQuality.html (Matthew Ciolek)
- Dr Ciolek's Information Quality WWW Virtual Library.
- AIATSIS' Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies.
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