Resource Quality Guidelines
The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) established formal resource quality guidelines to:
In order to be accessioned in DLESE, resources (the actual content, not metadata) are:
1. Relevant to Earth system education
The DLESE Collection Scope and Policy Statement defines Earth system education. Resources in the library should fall within this scope. DLESE favors resources designed for teaching, research and learning about the Earth system. Background material, references and other supporting resource types are not excluded if they are within DLESE scope.
2. Scientifically accurate
DLESE resources are aligned with sound scientific principles and practices. This means
DLESE also recognizes there may be important exceptions to this practice. For example, historical documents, which represent scientific knowledge of a previous generation rather than "current scientific knowledge," can be important for learning the history and epistemology of science. Other examples include resources that express one point of view on a controversial topic and might be considered by some to be outside "sound scientific practices." Such resources can be valuable for teaching critical thinking skills such as evaluating viewpoints and weighing the effects of motives and biases.
3. Attributed as to origin
Attribution may be to a person or persons or to an organization or both. The rationale for this recommendation is that knowledge of where a resource comes from--its author, sponsor or publisher--helps library users judge how much credence to give the resource. This means the following is known about the resource
4. Robust and function well as a digital resource (combined a DRC and resource quality practice)
DLESE understands that not all web sites and software can be completely bug-free. Resources that are still under construction and others that do not meet this criterion may be more appropriate for work or developmental areas of the library.
5. Pedagogically effective and documented
If appropriate, resources are reviewed for pedagogical effectiveness and documentation.
6. Important or significant
The resource deals with content, skills or understandings that are likely to be important to a significant fraction of teachers and learners in the DLESE community. While the resource itself may not state why the learning made possible by the resource is important or significant, one should be able to make a case for it. Possible reasons include that the resource supports:
7. Complete in documentation
In addition to the already mentioned attribution to origin, pedagogical effectiveness and documentation and scientific accuracy, resources need to provide documentation in other areas relating to technical and data and model issues. That is:
8. Easy to use for teachers and learners
9. Inspirational/motivational for learners
10. Free of advertising that is distracting or off topic for the learner
Resources should be free of advertising as much as possible, especially advertising that is irrelevant or interrupts or interferes with the use of the resource.
11. Free or low cost to educational users
DLESE favors resources that are free or available at low cost. Generally, subscription-based resources are avoided.
Practices to avoid
These guidelines provide interpretation of criteria within the DLESE Accessioning and Deaccessioning Policy. These guidelines are the responsibility of the Collections Committee.
This policy resulted from prior work by the:
Last updated: 1-13-05