a national registry of
Reviewing existing listings
Besides recommending new listings, TFAO
welcomes volunteers to review existing
listings. Volunteers should check with TFAO before choosing a portion of
the alphabetical index to work on to make sure no one else is working on
the same portion of the catalogue.
TFAO recommends, as the first step in the review of existing
listings for a letter of the alphabet, that the volunteer open two browser
windows. The first browser window shows the America's
Distinguished Artists catalogue page under study. The second window
is for a Google search page.
Artist names on a page for a chosen letter of the alphabet
are then checked.
If there is a link to a Resource Library page for
an artist, the volunteer reviews the artist entry as follows:
- -- If the Resource Library link's tag indicates
that the link is to an essay dedicated solely to the artist by a
named author or to an article dedicated solely to an artist, the
volunteer need not open the Resource Library link or search the
Web for more information. If, in addition to the Resource Library
link, an outside website link is already listed, the volunteer checks the
outside link for linkrot (Wikipedia links are very stable and need not
be checked). If the outside source link is invalid the volunteer recommends
removal of the link and does not search further. If the outside source
link is valid the volunteer does not search for a more informative biography.
- -- If the Resource Library link's tag indicates
that the link is to an essay not solely dedicated to the artist
by a named author or to an article not dedicated solely to an artist,
the volunteer opens the link to gauge the amount of biographical information
for the artist. If the volunteer judges that there is minimal Resource
Library information concerning the artist, and there is no outside
link yet listed, the volunteer searches the Web for a source with further
information. If, in addition to the Resource Library link, an outside
source link is already listed, the volunteer both checks for linkrot and
searches the Web for an outside source with a more informative biography.
- TFAO adds only one outside source link
if there is already a link to a Resource Library page. A link to
a Resource Library page is never removed if a link is placed to
an outside source.
If there is a link to a non-Resource Library page
for an artist, the volunteer reviews the artist entry as follows:
- The volunteer checks to see if the link is live or broken
(as noted above, Wikipedia links are very stable and need not be checked).
- If the link is broken the volunteer conducts an online
search for a replacement link. Broken links may occur for a variety of
reasons. Owners of pages may choose to relocate artist biographies to other
pages. In other cases biographies are permanently erased. Sometimes there
is a "Not Found" message. For a broken link the volunteer may
recommend to TFAO a new link on the source's website. To do this, a volunteer
can use a search engine's advanced search option to search within the domain
name of the broken link. In other cases a full search of the Web is needed.
- If no significant replacement biography is found in the
case of broken links, the volunteer advises TFAO that there is no replacement
listing for the artist. The artist may then be removed from the catalogue.
- If the link is still valid the volunteer decides, based
on the amount of information in the current outside source's biography,
whether or not to search the Web for a substitute biography.
The use of an online link
checker for single pages can be useful after a page is manually checked
to make sure that no disabled links were missed.
The volunteer reviews the information retrieved by the
online search for each artist to determine the best Web page (URL) for recommendation
to TFAO and then sends recommendations including URLs by email to TFAO at
Hint: On the average volunteers spend about one
hour to review and process 20-30 names in the America's Distinguished Artists
Using search engines
- When using a search engine to locate non-Resource
Library pages, TFAO recommends putting the word "artist"
after the artist's name in the search box to help narrow down the search
results. There is no need to review more than two pages of search results
for an artist. Twenty search returns are adequate for researching an artist's
- Google searches commonly display pages
from several auction sites and poster sites on the first page of search
results. When this occurs it is necessary to view search results beyond
these listings. Auction site, poster site and gallery site pages with prices
for art objects on the same pages as biographies are not used since the
information is likely to be temporary or restricted to subscribers. Search
results leading to art.com, artcyclopedia.com, Arcadja.com, artfact.com,
artinfo.com, ArtNet.com, artprice.com, AskArt.com, jstor.org, liveauctioneers.com,
MutualArt.com, wwar.com, and poster sites are not used. All links to artist
biographies must contain 100% free information. TFAO avoids Web pages that
require a fee to view complete biographies.
Judgment by volunteers
- Volunteers use subjective criteria in determining the
best non-Resource Library Web page with biographical information
for recommendation including
- -- quality of the source
- -- credentials of the author
- -- likely permanence of the information on the source's
- Preference is given to
- -- biographical information by recognized scholars for
- -- university and museum sources
- -- principal art dealers for the estate of an artist
- -- descendants of an artist
- To learn more about judgment made by volunteers see "A few words on accuracy and trustworthiness."
Also see TFAO's page Acquisition and deselection
of content regarding the quality of Wikipedia's information.
- TFAO receives no compensation for providing
links to biographical information in other websites and does not pay owners
of websites to place links to their pages.
Recognition to volunteers
TFAO greatly appreciates the efforts made by volunteers
to improve the America's Distinguished Artists catalogue. TFAO will acknowledge
volunteers who contribute new listings on the appropriate page.
Return to America's Distinguished
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Individual pages in this catalogue
are continuously amended. Refreshing or reloading pages enables readers
to view the latest updates.
Links to sources of information outside of our website
are provided only as referrals for your further consideration. Please use
due diligence in judging the quality of information contained in these and
all other web sites. Information from linked sources may be inaccurate or
out of date. TFAO neither recommends or endorses these referenced organizations.
Although TFAO includes links to other web sites, it takes no responsibility
for the content or information contained on those other sites, nor exerts
any editorial or other control over them. For more information on evaluating
web pages see TFAO's General Resources
section in Online Resources for Collectors and Students of Art History.
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