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Cynthia Mathis
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About Information Settings

When you add or create content on Curriki, you are asked to define or accept 11 pieces of information about the resource. Each of these 11 fields are displayed on the Information tab when you are viewing a resource.

In some cases, you will fill in an empty text field, i.e. the title. For the field titled "Rights Holder," the system will automatically insert your registered member name. In other cases, like for subjects, you select from an array of options provided by Curriki.

These 11 pieces of information (and much more information that is automated for each resource by the Curriki system) are used to power multiple aspects of the site, such as ways to:

  • Search and browse to find the resources you need in the Curriki repository.
  • Prioritize and display search results based on search criteria, including filters and sorting mechanisms.
  • Control whether others can view or edit your content.
Read on or watch the How to Edit Resource Information video tutorial for more details.


Required Information
There are five pieces of information that users MUST set for each resource. These required fields are indicated by a red exclamation point (“!”) and include:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Subject
  • Educational Level
  • Instructional Component Type

The title that you enter when you first create your resource is used to create the URL for the resource, so you may want to keep in mind how long the URL will be when entering your title. (Don’t worry, you can always enter a short title to create the resource, then go back and edit it to be more descriptive without affecting the URL.)

These five pieces of information are the most frequently used to quickly understand the purpose of the resource, and are often displayed in rollovers. 

The remaining six fields are either optional or have default values, and include:

  • Key Words
  • Language
  • Hide from Search
  • Rights Holder
  • Access Privileges
  • License Deed

For information on best practices in filling out all of these fields, please see the Community Best Practices for Collaborating on Curriki section of the Help Collection.

Default Settings
Certain information has a default programmed in based on the most common usage for that information.

  • By default, the License Deed setting will take the current Curriki License (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0) because it provides maximum flexibility to the community, so members can use and modify others' contributions. Additional licenses are available for use if you wish to be more or less restrictive on the content you are adding.
  • By default, the Rights Holder field will take the name of the registered member who is creating the resource. If you are posting resources that belong to other people, please enter the rightful copyright owner in this field.

Inheritance Rules
When you are working within a containing resource (a collection or folder), certain settings are "inherited" for your new resource based on the settings used for the "parent". For instance, if you create a Simple Wiki Document inside an existing collection, the following fields will by default display the same information as the parent collection:

  • Subject
  • Educational Level
  • Language
  • Access Privilege
  • License Deed

You can over-write inherited information settings at any time.