FAQ List


I am having trouble using this website. What should I do?

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I would like to contribute multiple stories, images or other files to Voices for the Lake. Do I have to upload them one by one?

If you are only submitting a few items, we ask that you upload them one by one through our online interface. If, however, you would like to submit more than 20 objects, you may contact us to inquire about making arrangements to accommodate your contribution.

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Are there any special guidelines for uploading images, video or audio?

Yes, please see below. Also, a general tip for all content, please use the original format and the highest quality possible.

When submitting photos, please compress your image to be no larger than 5MB, using image editing applications such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP. We highly recommend submitting your photos as a JPEG (.jpg) image. Your image will be automatically re-sized to fit on our site. If you are submitting thumbnails (for stories, audio, or hyperlink contributions), the maximum file size is 1.5MB.

When submitting videos, the maximum size is 100MB. Please try and limit your video to 3 or 4 minutes long. Videos longer than 10 minutes will be cut or rejected. Our site accepts a variety of different video formats including MPEG4, MOV, AVI, WMV, and FLV.

When submitting audio, please submit your files as stereo MP3's or WAV files. Omeka is known to have issues with mono mp3 files, so we recommend converting these to stereo if you have issues. We also recommend you limit your audio pieces to less than 5 minutes.

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What are tags? How do I use them?

Tagging is a freeform way to categorize items and is being used on a growing number of websites. A tag can refer to a general category or description, such as "peaceful" or "swimming," or to a location, like "Ausable River" or "Charlotte Town Bay," or to a concept, like "clean" or "community". An item can be tagged with as many or as few tags as seems useful to you. A tag on this site can contain more than one word. Multiple tags are separated by commas. For example: [fishing, Lewis Creek, summer].

You can see what tags other people are using, and what items they are categorizing, by exploring our "tag cloud" graphic found on the Browse page, or by looking at the tags listed as part of each item's description. Inside the "tag cloud," tags are displayed larger and bolder when they are used more frequently. Thus, you can quickly see what tags other people are using, what items they are categorizing and which tags are most popular. Clicking on separate tag links will show you other items that share a given tag.

If you feel that someone else's tag is inappropriate, you may contact us.

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I recently contributed a story, image or other file to Voices for the Lake. Why doesn’t it appear on the website?

Each contribution submitted to Voices for the Lake is evaluated and processed by ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center staff. Thus, it may take some time between when you submitted your contribution and when it appears on the website.

Moreover, ECHO reserves the right to withhold content from the site at its discretion. Please see our Terms of Use Policy.

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When I submit materials to Voices for the Lake, do I retain the copyright?

Yes. Contributors retain any copyright they may have in the materials they submit to Voices for the Lake. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center owns the copyright to the Voices for the Lake website as a whole. Please refer to our Terms of Use Policy for more information.

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How do I get permission to use materials from Voices for the Lake?

Please contact us if you would like to use an object from the Voices for the Lake archive. Objects from the Voices for the Lake archive may not be used without permission of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and the original contributor.

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How do I cite materials on the Voices for the Lake website?

Please use the following format to cite materials on the Voices for the Lake website: Author. Title, <URL>, in “Voices for the Lake Online Collection (month day, year). [Note that "month day, year" should reflect the day on which the site was viewed: today.]

For example: Doe, John “Title of Information,” <http://www.voicesforthelake.org>, in “Voices for the Lake Online Collection (January 03, 2008).

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How can I help the Voices for the Lake project?

First and foremost, you can help by submitting your stories, images, and other files through the website and telling your friends and family about Voices for the Lake. You can also help by making a gift of your financial support. This project is made possible only through the generosity of individuals and foundations, and your donation would be gratefully received. If you have any questions about making a contribution of materials or financial support, please contact us.

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I am less than 13 years old. Can I contribute?

The Voices for the Lake site does not accept contributions from anyone under 13 years old. If you are under 13, and would like to contribute an item to the project, the item must be submitted by your parents under their name. Additionally, the submission can not contain any personally identifying information, including full name, of anyone under the age of 13. Any submission which appears to contain personally identifying information of a child under 13 years old will be removed.

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What does BETA mean?

We have launched VFL in beta so that our community of users can provide feedback to improve our evolving technology. This pioneering website uses OMEKA to create an open source template for other museums and libraries to create community-generated story archives. Because of the experimental nature of this project, you may experience glitches while navigating the site. We encourage your comments to help troubleshoot problems and to create a more user friendly website.

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