How to use this User Guide
1 Introduction to SPARK
1.1 The Spirit of Sharing
1.1.1 The Benefits of Using SPARK
2 SPARK’s Key Functions
2.1 SPARK Accessibility
2.1.1 Guidelines and Standards
2.2 Visual Aids
2.2.3 Contact information
2.3 Breaching Copyright Laws and Confidentiality
3 How To...
3.1 Access Materials from the Home Page
3.1.1 Access Latest Records
3.1.2 Access Your own Records
3.1.3 Access Records of Interest
3.2 Distinguish Content Types
3.3 Distinguish Visibility Levels
3.3.1 Share with Selected Users
3.4 Search SPARK
3.4.1 Filter a Record Set
3.4.2 Search using Quick Search
3.4.3 Search using Advanced Search
3.4.4 Search for Users
3.5 Add a Record
3.5.1 Completing Record Fields
3.6 Select Topics
3.7 Select Keywords
3.8 Select Objectives
3.9 Select Organisations
3.10 Set the Visibility level for your record
3.11 Add attachments and set visibility levels
3.11.1 Add an attachment (without Silverlight
3.11.2 Add an attachment (with Silverlight
3.11.3 Change the visibility level for an
3.11.4 Delete an attachment
3.12 Link Records
3.13 Add Comments and Ratings
3.14 Create and Manage Discussions
3.14.1 Add Discussions
3.14.2 Edit Discussions
3.14.3 Search Discussions
3.15 Personalise SPARK
3.15.1 Update Your User Profile
4 Administration and Moderation
5.1 Why isn’t SPARK open for anyone to
5.2 What about providing the possibility for
groups of SPARK users to cooperate more closely?
5.3 I do not know whether something has
copyright restriction or not. What should I do?
5.4 What is the difference between browsing and
searching? Which should I use?
5.5 What material should I put in SPARK? Could /
should I put as many of my electronic documents as possible in SPARK?
5.6 Do I have to fill out all the fields to
enter a record?
5.7 Why are there so many mandatory fields to be
5.8 To share a report with the findings from a
research project should I create a ‘publication type’ record or a ‘research
project type’ record?
5.9 A number of subtopics overlap. Which one
should I choose?
5.10 Why there isn’t there more granularity in
the subtopics, eg separation of different rolling stock types and/ or
separation of the key rolling stock components?
5.11 Does SPARK check for duplicate records?
5.12 When should I try to establish
relationships and link records?
5.13 Why are you devoting so much space on some
of the adding record pages to the linking function?
5.14 Why can’t I make anonymous comments?
5.15 Is there the possibility to make a private
5.16 How do I tell if I have Silverlight
6 Appendix 1: Guidance on Topics and Subtopics