Guidelines for the AI EDAM
Distributed Design Directory
Web sites included in the AI EDAM Distributed Design Directory must be of high quality, as they must maintain the high standards associated with the journal. These guidelines are an attempt to provide reasonable guidance to ensure quality while maintaining appropriate freedom for the developers of the web sites involved.
General Guidelines (for Web Site Editors and for Reviewers)
Every web site selected by the Journal's editor, or the designated associate editor, for inclusion in the Distributed Design Directory must maintain the following standards:
- the site must be strongly focussed on the topic area associated with that site.
- the site must be well designed, readable, and useful.
- wherever possible and appropriate the site should try to incorporate all or some elements of the AI EDAM "house style" for web design as displayed by the pages found at www.cs.wpi.edu/~aiedam/
- the site must incorporate the AI EDAM logo in a prominent place, and must provide links back to both the Distributed Design Directory and to the AI EDAM Journal.
- The style, the logo, and the term "Distributed Design Directory" must not be used for any other purposes, and may only be used with permission.
- the web site must not be associated with any other organization (such as a journal, magazine or company) other than AI EDAM and the host institution.
- the site must be up-to-date and reflect current research and practice.
- non-working links ought to be pruned.
- preference should be given to links to projects and research groups, as opposed to individuals.
- the web site should be organized by sub-topic as much as possible.
- the site should be comprehensive, including all work in the area, and not just work at that institution, or only work that is similar to the research being done by the researchers at that institution.
- the site should be separated from other local sites, and have its own pages.
- the site must not include links to offensive material and material of questionable taste.
- the local Web Site Editor is the person responsible for contents and organization of that topic site in the Distributed Design Directory.
- the Web Site Editor's name must be prominently displayed at the bottom of the web page, with (at least) an email address.
- by agreeing to be a site that's part of the Distributed Design Directory the host site and the Web Site Editor agrees to allow their site to be reviewed on a regular basis, and agrees to act on any recommendations given.
Note that the AI EDAM journal reserves the right to remove a site from the Distributed Design Directory at any time if it is perceived that these guidelines are not being followed appropriately. This will only occur after an appropriate warning. Once a site is removed from the directory the site no longer has permission to use the AI EDAM logo or the term Distributed Design Directory in association with their site.
Guidelines for Web Site Editors
The site should be set up according to the general guidelines. It should consist of a top level page that lists sub-topics or some other organizing principle. Second level pages should point directly to content pages. This will limit the overall depth of the Distributed Design Directory. Care must be taken not to duplicate other subtopics elsewhere in the directory. Contact the Editor or an Associate Editor if there is any doubt about directory organization.
While Web Site Editors have no direct control over sites that their site points to, please check the links at those sites and point out problems to the coordinators of those sites if you find any. This will help the overall quality of information available to the whole AI in Design community.
Guidelines for Web Site Reviewers
Reviewers will be asked to evaluate the quality of the site according to the guidelines given above. A set of review questions will be provided. The results of the review will be abstracted and fed back to the Web Site Editor of the site reviewed in an anonymous fashion. Reviewers should make every attempt to provide an objective review in the best academic tradition. As some reviewers will be selected due to their expertise in the topic area, it is likely that links to the reviewers own work will appear on the site being reviewed. Please make sure that this doesnt affect your review.
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Mon Jul 2 19:52:00 EDT 2001