Talk:Oddy Tests: Materials Databases

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Instructions for Contributing

You will need an AIC wiki username and password first. Once you go through the training, let the AIC e-editor know you have completed the training and they will activate your user profile so that you can make edits.

Get in touch with the Materials Database Coordinator to make sure you are all set up with any other information you need.

  • Please look over our Best Practices Guides and get in touch with the Materials Database Coordinator if you have any questions. Please include as much relevant information as possible in your message, attach any images or supplemental content, and include Oddy Test wiki as the subject line of your email.

Some Basic Instructions for Easy Reference

Best Practices for Adding Results to a Table

  • Check out the Results Tables to find out what information you need to include.
  • We now have a template for collecting test results allowing you to more easily follow best practices and with wiki code shortcuts built-in. This is a link to a Google Sheet version of the spreadsheet template guide. If you want an excel version please contact the page editor to have it emailed to you directly.
  • Follow our Best Practices for inputting the information and taking photos:
To make the Color column sortable: list the general color first, followed by a general descriptor if applicable, e.g "Red, dark" OR "Brown, speckled"
For easier comparison between Results Images, check out these tips on our Photography Cheat Sheet .
  • Copy and paste the code for an entry on the table and then write over it with your information, or copy from the templates below. You don't need information for every column, but you do need to leave the vertical lines to keep everything lined up within the tables.
  • Have a spreadsheet or other document listing your results? View this video on how to streamline converting data on a spreadsheet into wiki code to minimize cutting and pasting. The video is also summarized into written instructions . If you need any assistance or advice on this process contact the Materials Database Coordinator.

Contribute your Testing Protocol

  • Check out the other Protocol descriptions
  • Use the same protocol as one already on the wiki page with minor modifications? Add in a heading and list your variations.
  • Follow the protocol outlined in a published format to the letter? Just list that reference and note how long you've been using it.
  • Best Practices:
Include an anchor before the heading for your protocol, so that links to your protocol on the results tables can take you to the correct place on that page. See below for the code or this page for how to add an anchor (see 1. Internal Links and then scroll down to internal link to an anchor).

Contribute a Manufacturer or Supplier

  • Just add an external link to the manufacturer or supplier website on the appropriate Database page.
  • Is there something that's missing? Please add it, for example, a link to the CAMEO database, other wiki pages, or other websites.

Contribute to the References/Bibliography/External Links

  • Found a great article, book, or website on Material Testing related to choosing safe materials for use with cultural heritage materials? Add it to our Bibliography or to the External Links on the appropriate test results page.

Code Templates for adding to a Database Table

  • The relevant code for adding data to the Exhibition Fabrics Table:
    | Material Name||Manufacturer/ Supplier||Test Results: PASS, FAIL, Temporary Use||Date tested yyyy/mm/dd||[[Oddy_Test_Protocols#Tester|Tester]]||Test(s) Used: Oddy Test, PAT, Sodium Azide||Comments||Color: Hue, shade||Description/ Composition||[[File:results image name|100px]] ADDLINEBREAK |-
  • The relevant code for adding data to the Case Construction Materials Table:
    | Material Name||Manufacturer|| Supplier||Test Results: PASS, FAIL, Temporary Use||Date tested yyyy/mm/dd||[[Oddy_Test_Protocols#Tester|Tester]]||Test(s) Used||Description/ Composition||Comments||Material Type||[[File:results image name|100px]] ADDLINEBREAK |-
  • The relevant code for adding data to the Exhibition Adhesives and Tapes Table:
    | Material Name||Manufacturer|| Supplier||Test Results: PASS, FAIL, Temporary Use||Date tested yyyy/mm/dd||[[Oddy_Test_Protocols#Tester|Tester]]||Test(s) Used||Description/ Composition||Comments||Material Type||[[File:results image name|100px]] ADDLINEBREAK |-
  • The relevant code for adding data to the Exhibition Paints and Sealants Table:
    | Material Name||Manufacturer||Supplier||Test Results: PASS, FAIL, Temporary Use||Date tested yyyy/mm/dd||[[Oddy_Test_Protocols#Tester|Tester]]||Test(s) Used||Description/ Composition||Comments||Material Type||[[File:results image name|100px]] ADDLINEBREAK |-
  • The code for adding an anchor on the protocols page so that the link in the table will take you to the correct place on the protocols page: Put this on the protocol page above the header: <div id="NAME"></div> .
    Put this in the table: [[Oddy_Test_Protocols#NAME|NAME]]
  • the code for linking to an image within the table: [[File:filename.jpg|100px]]