Getting started with Woruldhord collection - what and how?

The following is an introduction to what we are collecting and a step-by-step illustration of how to submit an item to the Woruldhord collection. More information about the project, what we are collecting, and answers to other questions can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. To add something to the collection, you can go directly to the Add to collection page (opens in new window).

What are we looking to collect?

In short we are trying to collect any material that would be of help to people who wish to find out more about the period of history we term 'Anglo-Saxon' and the period of language and literature we describe as 'Old English'. Roughly speaking this equates to the fifth century to the eleventh century, but there are discussions to be had at either end! We are looking for images, audio/video recordings, handouts, essays, articles, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, and so on. For example:

We reserve the right to reject any item, and we are only interested in items related to the *medieval* Anglo-Saxons."

How to make a submission

The submission process is simple and basically consists of three main steps:

1. Enter information about the resource you are submitting (for example a collection of images, a lesson plan, a poem, etc)
2. (optional) Upload one or more attachments (for example images, text documents, sound files etc)
3. Check the entered information and submit the contribution to the collection.

1. Enter information

  1. Go to the submission page (opens in new window)
  2. Either sign in, if you have a username and password, or register to create your account (more information below, under How to sign in and How to register).
  3. Click on the ‘New contribution’ button -> the ‘Terms of Use’ page is displayed.
  4. Read the terms of use and, if you agree, tick the ‘I accept…’ box. Then click on ‘Continue' and you are taken to the Contribution form.
  5. Fill in the form (fields with an asterisk in the field name* are compulsory).
    • Title: A title for the submission (e.g. 'Images of the Ruthwell Cross', 'Lecture on Beowulf', 'Reading List on The Seafarer', etc)
    • Description: Information about the submission.
    • Creator: Person(s) who created the digital resource (if known, put the creator of the original object in the description box).
    • Date: Date when the digital resource was created (if know, add the date or the original object in the 'Date of original object' field).
    • Audience: If an educational resource is aimed at a particular audience, please select it from this drop-down list.
    • Language: Language that is needed to understand the resource.
    • Date of original item: If known, add date information for the original item.
    • Location of original item: Location may be added in two ways (use one or the other or both). In the free-text field, enter suitable text. For the map reference field, add latitude and longitude (click on 'Use Google Maps' and either navigate to the desired location on the map or use the 'Search for an address' field below the map).
  6. Click the ‘Save draft’ button. You are taken to the Contribution page.
  7. Check the information that is displayed. If you want to change or add something, click ‘Edit’ (top right of page) to be taken back to the ‘Contribution form’ (repeat steps 6-8). Then either add an attachment or submit the contribution (see below).

2. Add attachment

To add a file to your contribution (for example a picture, sound file etc), click ‘Add an attachment’ on the contribution summary page. The ‘New Attachment’ page opens.

  1. Enter a title for the file you are uploading, for example 'image of coin', 'lesson plan' or whatever suitable.
  2. Click the ‘Browse’ button and navigate to where the file is stored on your computer.
  3. Fill in the Catalogue Information fields.
    • Description: Description of the file you are uploading (the picture, sound file, text document etc)
    • Creator: Name of the person(s) who created the digital file
    • Date: Date when the digital file was created
  4. Click ‘Upload’ and you are taken back to the Contribution page. The top bar displays: ‘Attachment saved’ and you can see the attachment listed below the Catalogue Information. You can edit, delete or download a copy of the attachment by clicking the relevant Action option.
  5. To add another attachment to the same contribution (for example another picture, a related sound or text file etc), simply click on ‘Add an attachment’ again and repeat the steps above.

3. Submit the contribution

When you are happy with your contribution, click Submit contribution at the bottom of the Contribution page. You will be asked to confirm that you are ready to submit (click OK to go ahead, Cancel to cancel this step for now).  When you click OK, your contribution is added to the database and you can see it listed on your Contributor Dashboard page in the Submitted column.
If you do not see the ‘Submit contribution’ option but it says ‘This contribution is not ready for submission yet.’ it means some compulsory information is missing. Click on ‘Why not?’ to see where. To add the missing information, click ‘Edit’ (top right of page) to be taken back to the Contribution form.

Once a contribution is submitted, you can not edit it (add more infomration about it, change title etc). You can still add, edit or remove attachments though. If you want to add/edit/delete an attachment, just click on the contribution title on your Contributor dashboard. You will be taken to the Contribution page and can make changes or additions there.  

How to register

  1. Enter your name (the name under which you want to use the system)
  2. Enter your email (this will be used when you sign in)
  3. Choose a password (at least 6 characters)
  4. Repeat password
  5. Click on the Register button at the bottom of the page

How to sign in

  1. Click on the 'Sign in' button or link.
  2. Enter the email address which you registered.
  3. Enter your password.
  4. Click on the 'Sign in' button at the bottom of the page.
  5. The page will display a banner saying 'You have signed in successfully'
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