At the November 2019 meeting of NZPF the following Guidelines, used for assessing websites at the 16th New Zealand National Philatelic Literature Exhibition , were adopted pending any future guidelines prepared by FIP.
TREATMENT OF CONTENTS – Authorship
- how well is the story identified & told?
- how well is the material presented, is there a distinct literary style and a high degree of clarity
- is navigation between pages easy?
- is technology applied well in respect to the content?
- are graphics used well and to the overall benefit of the site?
- overall, is the site user-friendly. i.e. are the communication skills high?
ORIGINALITY, SIGNIFICANCE, DEPTH OF RESEARCH Philatelic Aspects
- overall significance – global importance to philately
- how useful is the site as a reference, or a speciality guide, or for teaching & training?
- degree of original discoveries, research, analysis
- is the site comprehensive for the subject, both in terms of depth and scope?
- if the site were no longer available, would it be missed?
TECHNICAL MATTERS – Editorial aspect and “housekeeping” functions.
How well is work constructed?
- search capability and speed, ease of opening & navigating files, overall structure able to be easily accessed on mobile phone, ipad, and PC?
- is the identification and email address of the webmaster easy to find?
- is there a clear title page, pagination, list of contents, use of footnotes
- can one tell who sponsors the site?
- are the links with other sites kept up to date, and do they actually work?
- is there suitable attribution if material has been used from elsewhere?
- are the dates of posting or updating the information present and easily located?
- -are illustrations and tables and captions and text consistent in layout
Note: plain, stand-alone documents in digital format