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 http://palladio.designhumanities.org/ #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:
- Log into DiRT
- Go to the Twitter submissions page, and click on a submitted tool
- Click the “edit” button on the tool’s profile
- 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.
- Put the real URL for the tool in the “website” field.
- 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.)
- Assign the tool to one or more of the TaDiRAH categories.
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.
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.