Welcome to the Profile Improvement Project (PIP) Biography Standards
Mission: To improve profiles by Team members to a specific standard using a multiple level criteria rubric.
- Level 1 will be used by Profile Improvement Project (PIP) members while working on their own Watchlist (and whatever else you find).
- Level 2 standards will be used, as much as is possible using all information available, by PIP Biography Team members who are working on Closed Account Profiles, Long Profiles and Needs Footnotes
- It is understood that all items shown in the rubric for Level 2 may not be available or possible to fulfill. The team member should provide as many of the items as possible.
- The Level 1 and Level 2 profiles can each be worked to a higher level if the Team member wishes to do that.
- Level 3 of the rubric will be used by PIP Voyage graduates on the Biography Team who have chosen to work on Star Profiles and Global Family Reunion Profiles.
More information on the Biography Team is outlined on PIP's Biography Team page.
|Category of Skill||Specific Skill||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3|
|Names||LNAB Guidelines||Has names in appropriate fields as identified from sources||Has the most accurate spelling at the time of birth||Has sources and research notes explaining why a specific spelling was chosen|
|Locations||Use complete locations||Location as seen on source||Combination of location from multiple sources but not complete||Complete location from sources with level of certainty; research note if less that certain|
|Dates||Dates as provided in sources||Date from source||Date from source or Estimated date with status button||Date from source or estimated date with status button, template, and research notes|
|Sources||Cite reliable sources||All sources are either derived or not primary sources||Minimum 2 original sources used, or 2 primary sources, in addition to derived or secondary sources||3 or more primary or original sources used|
|Sources||Source Each Fact||Sources cited but not all facts are found in the source||Each fact has a source with explicit evidence||Evidence from multiple reliable sources used to source a tricky fact|
|Sources||Cite sources using Evidence Explained style guide (based on Chicago Manual of Style)||Sources contain data recommended by the EE guide||All Sources contain all the data recommended by EE guide and some have EE styling||Sources contain all data recommended by EE guide and most conform in style|
|Sources||Use of inline sources, including named sources||Citations present but not inline||Inline citations used||At least 1 inline citation used more than once|
|Analysis of evidence||Some facts not included in biography||All sources support the documented facts. Discrepancies noted. Good use of research notes where required. Use of uncertain buttons where warranted.||2 star requirements met + use of other resources, e.g. legislation or historical sources for context.|
|Content||Biography has engaging content||A few facts are stated but no details provided||Several facts are stated||Contains several facts supplemented with interesting details or relevant background information|
|Writing||Clarity||Content is difficult to follow||Content is difficult to understand, or contains too much content that is not genealogical in nature||Content easily understood, abbreviations are explained, content is genealogical in nature|
|Writing||Grammatically Correct||Frequent grammar or spelling errors||1-3 errors||Perfect spelling and grammar|
|Presentation||Neat profile that aids increased accessibility||Content is difficult to read, e.g. excessive bold text, lack of spacing between facts, loud or tiled background, would be aided by use of headings, has copy/paste of entire wills/articles/obituaries onto profile||Some attempt at presentation has been made, e.g. use of headings, but some problems remain, e.g. profile could benefit from a list/table/FSP(Free Space Page)||Presentation easy to read, polished appearance, headings used where benefit gained, use of FSP where warranted|
|Images||Contains copyright free images with clear citations||Has an image and a citation in the comments||Has a link to the image in the biography||Has a link to an image with the image citation in the biography and a caption|
|Images||Use of image template to place image in biography||Image is in the biography; No caption or label, image not self-explanatory. Not placed well. Visually unpleasant.||Image is well placed and sized in the biography and has a caption||Images are visually pleasing, well placed, understandable with captions if required, labels used.|
|Relationships||Knows how to create linked relationships||Has created at least one linked profile with at least one source that shows the relationship||Has created all known relation profiles with good sourcing and at least a minimum biography on each|
|Links||Use of links outside of sources to aid navigation, provide supplementary information and aid search engine optimization||Links to other profiles, also to FSPs where warranted||Links to other profiles/FSPs plus 1-3 links to other webpages||Links to other profiles/FSPs plus > 3 links to other webpages, including a variety of sites, e.g. articles, maps, images|
|Merging Profiles||Integrate facts and resolve discrepancies||Duplicate headings removed||Sources moved inline; unsourced profiles have had at least one source added||Inline sources; duplicate narrative removed; sources added for all facts; linked profiles checked for potential merges|
|Biography Style||Biographies||Doesn't seem to have a style||Outline style used||Biography written in narrative style with appropriate headings|
|Categories||Categorization||No Categories||1 category added||> 1 category added|
|Stickers||Stickers||No Stickers||1 sticker below biography heading||Stickers placed in logical portions of the biography; no errors|
|Certain/Uncertain buttons||Uncertain Status||Not used||Used sporadically||Used|
|Dates||Date Status||Not used||Used sporadically||Used|
|Places||Place Status||Not used||Used sporadically||Used|
|Names||Name Status||Not used||Used sporadically||Used|
|Relationships||Relationship Status||Not used||Used sporadically||Used|
- Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
- Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Robin Shaules, Kay Knight, and Debi Hoag. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
- Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
- Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)