The DiRT directory always welcomes contributions from its user community. A track record of actively contributing to DiRT is a major factor we will consider when evaluating applications for joining the DiRT editorial board. Contributions to DiRT take the following forms:

Adding new research tools

Anyone is welcome to add a research tool to DiRT -- including the developers of the tool. Tool descriptions, however, should be written in a neutral, factual style. Please keep in mind that DiRT is a directory of research tools. While we take a broad view of research, tools that are clearly for classroom management, hobbies (e.g. knitting counters), or other non-research activities will be removed. After you have created an account and logged in, an option will appear in the menu under "Contribute" where you can add a new tool. A full set of metadata guidelines for DiRT are available to help you create a good tool entry.

Adding a tool by tweeting

To create a basic tool stub page on DiRT via Twitter, just tweet the tool name and URL at @dirtdirectory with the hashtag #dhtool. (Example: @dirtdirectory Palladio #dhtool). Within a few minutes, it will appear on DiRT's “Twitter submissions” page. If you have a few minutes to spare, consider adding some metadata to a tool on the Twitter submissions page so it can be added to the main tool listings! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Log into DiRT
  2. Go to the Twitter submissions page, and click on a submitted tool
  3. Click the “edit” button on the tool’s profile
  4. Copy the Twitter-shortened URL in the description field. Open that URL in a new browser tab, and copy the real URL for the tool.
  5. Put the real URL for the tool in the “website” field.
  6. Delete the Twitter-shortened URL from the description field, and write a short description of the tool. Fill in as many of the fields as you can (cost, license, etc.)
  7. Assign the tool to one or more of the TaDiRAH categories.
  8. Save.

Once the tool profile has its correct URL in the “website” field, a description, and at least one TaDiRAH category, it will appear on the site with the rest of the tool listings.

Adding reviews

Have you written a tool review, or have you found a tool review online? Authenticated users can post tool reviews, under "Contribute" in the main site menu. If you have written a tool review that isn't posted elsewhere, you can publish the whole text on DiRT. If your review is on your own blog, or another website, or if you've found a good tool review that someone else has written, you can add a review and just include the link.