Resource Library: Errors and Omissions

plus other information regarding posting and removal of information



Errors of fact and material omissions at the time of original publication

For written materials, errors of fact and material omissions which were the case at the time of original publication of articles and essays are promptly dealt with after Resource Library is satisfied as to the legitimacy of the source and the merits of the desired corrections. Since the publication is archival and a component of the TFAO Free Online Digital Library, written facts accurate and true at the time of original publication are not altered. Please also see sections on Acquisition and deselection of content and Durability and protection of content within the TFAO Digital Library.

All email, street and post office box addresses, URLs and phone numbers, and other contact information cited in articles and essays, are included as facts subject to this policy. When Resource Library publishes over time more than one article concerning an institution, there is created as an additional resource for readers a sub-index page containing links to each Resource Library article or essay concerning that institution, plus available information on its location and other descriptive information. When such information for an institutional source changes, upon proper notification to Resource Library, the sub-index page for the institution will be updated. For lists of sub-index pages please see the Art Museum, Gallery and Art Center index and the Academies, Associations, Ateliers and Societies index.

When Resource Library is notified by email of an unrelated third party of a challenge to facts within a text published previously in an article or essay, at the discretion of Resource Library:

A. An email inquiry may be made to the source of the challenged facts stating the nature of the challenge and asking for guidance as to further steps. If the source of the challenged facts agrees to the requested changes, Resource Library may make the changes to the text. If the original source cannot be reached, does not respond, or rejects the challenge, Resource Library may post at its sole discretion in an editor's note placed after the end of the original text the challenge email letter sent from the challenging party.
B. Resource Library may elect to not send an email inquiry to the source of the challenged facts. In that case Resource Library may ask the challenger if he or she wishes to have the challenge letter published as an editor's note below the text in the article containing the challenged facts.

If the challenger agrees to go on the record and publicly post the challenge email letter, contact information including name and address must be posted concerning the challenger for the benefit of the original source, students and scholars. Furthermore, in no event will the contact information posted concerning the challenger be less than the contact information posted concerning the original source. Besides the name of the challenger, such information may necessarily include street address, postal box address, email address, website address, and phone number.

When crafting a challenge email letter, the challenger MUST specify the URL in Resource Library where the disputed fact was found. The challenger is also encouraged to reference where similar text is located in all paper-printed and other online publications.

The challenge email letter must include express permission in order for Resource Library to publish the letter.

TFAO and Resource Library assume no responsibility for the content of challenge letters. Once published online, in Resource Library's sole discretion the challenge letter may be permanently retained on its site. The challenger should consider that entities other than Resource Library will likely permanently record the letter once it is posted online. Before sending a challenge email letter to Resource Library, the challenger should carefully consider legal risks including actions by third parties against him or her as a result of publication of a challenge letter.


Protection of the integrity of an author's content

When Resource Library is notified by a party, other than a named author, of an alleged errata in the author's previously published article or essay, extensive caution is taken to protect the integrity of the author's content. For a list of named authors please see Author Study and Index.


Challenges to right to publish materials

Although an infrequent occurrence, from time to time Resource Library's right to publish selected materials is challenged. Online publication of exhibition-related publicity texts and images plus other images and texts sent to Resource Library by sources such as museums may be challenged at a later date by third parties claiming to be copyright holders or their representatives. Those third parties may claim that related licenses or permissions were incomplete, lapsed or were granted to Resource Library or its sources of materials in error. Third parties may seek royalty fees. Third parties may claim that Resource Library obtained copyrighted materials from sources other than Resource Library's legitimate sources without consent and later published them. Staff of museums and other sources may decide upon reflection that they sent materials to Resource Library in error. Permissions provided directly to Resource Library by parties claiming to be copyright holders may be challenged at a later date by themselves or others as being incomplete or granted in error. Incomplete permissions could arise from lack of knowledge of the existence of multiple copyright holders. Permissions granted in error could arise from copyright holders having an incomplete understanding of how their materials would be used or permissions granted by parties who are not in fact the true copyright holders.

In any of the above cases, or others where there is contention about the use of copyrighted materials, Resource Library may elect to remove the related text or image from Resource Library until issues are resolved or retain the contested image or text online during the resolution process.

See Submitting materials for more information.


Further use of editor notes

As Resource Library gains new information through its ongoing research and catalogue development that is relevant to a previously published article or essay, it may elect to add the information within a new or previously created editor's note. Editor's notes are placed below original texts.


Material factual content provided by publicity sources

Resource Library usually does not materially alter written content provided by publicity sources (content without named authors) without consultation with them. This consultation, for example, may occur when Resource Library obtains versions of news releases with conflicting information, or facts in news releases that conflict with information on the source's Web site. Also, Resource Library does not inject editorial opinion into texts provided by institutions for publicity purposes. Resource Library performs editing for format and style as further explained in its Content Presentation Guidelines. Images provided by text sources may be added to previously published publicity articles as the images become available.


Individual character accuracy rate

Resource Library strives to maintain a 99.995% individual character accuracy rate in online publishing of scholarly texts as part of its Content Presentation Guidelines.This rate of fidelity to the author's original text is accomplished through a combination of software and human proofreading.


Removal of non-written content at Resource Library's discretion

Resource Library reserves the right to remove previously published non-written content at its discretion. When accessing previously published articles, essays and sub-index page containing links to each Resource Library article or essay concerning an institution, Resource Library may review related images including photos of artworks, persons, buildings, pages of brochures and books, other photos and graphics published in connection with those materials. Depending on factors such as the context in which the images are placed within pages or the circumstances under which the images were provided, Resource Library may remove certain previously published images. For example, removal may occur because of concern that an image not integral to text provided by a named author might be considered misleading or offensive to others at a later date.


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