Information and Rules
October 2020, Version 7
1. WHAT IS SERA:
SERA (Sistema Evaluation and Research Archive) is a Google Docs based archive of evaluation and research work relevant to the Venezuelan social action music education initiative El Sistema, and to Sistema-inspired work around the globe. SERA was set up in October 2012.
Members of SERA have also begun to place some interesting Sistema non evaluation and research material on the site. I have allowed the archive to grow with this additional material by adding a folder for this material (Folder 8. Archive of Sistema non Evaluation/Research writing), which varies from annual reports and symposia to recorded interviews with Maestro Abreu.
As of 04 October 2020, SERA has 189 members from 4 continents, and contains more than 40 documents relating to Sistema work around the world. It is already a formidable assembly of material, and the aim is to continue to provide a useful and convenient centralised online space for the world’s Sistema research and evaluation material.
The Archive is only accessible to a person once they have requested and received an invitation to access it (See 3. below).
2. WHO IS SERA FOR?
SERA is for anyone who wants access to Sistema related evaluation and research work, and/or who wants to place their own or other people’s work onto an open space online. You may want to see what research is and has been going on, access a particular document, submit a document for access by other people, including thoughts about research and evaluation. This is an open network where thought can be given to the increasing demand for high quality data relating to El Sistema and Sistema-inspired programmes.
3. HOW DO I ACCESS SERA AND WHAT ARE ITS RULES?
To access SERA you may need to have a gmail e mail account, and you should e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation, explaining why you would like access. When you receive the invitation click on the link. Should be that simple. In time there may be other ways to access the drive.
NB: since 2017 there has been a glitch on many of the documents in which only the first page opens. Now, thanks to the work of Matthew Cruickshank, this glitch has been resolved and all documents should be readable. Thank you Matthew!
1. When you become a new member you agree to make sure that you have read, understood and agree to any duties in this Information and Rules document, and that you agree to read any Information and Rules updates as they are issued.
2. When you become a new member please make sure you have filled in your details in the Users database. Anyone not registering here may have their access revoked. If you are an editing member you undertake to fill in your details on the SERA database in Folder 0., and if your are a read only member you undertake to provide your details by e mail (name, relevant positions, organisations you have positions with, and a contact e mail), AND to update, or send information on updating, these details when necessary.
3. Please ensure that you only place relevant work, that is, only true evaluation or research in the folders, except for Folder 8. Apart from Folder 8, this is not the place for comment on or discussion about Sistema (no matter how valuable) unless it relates to any real piece of evaluation or research. If you are not sure, place it temporarily in Folder 7 and e mail me at email@example.com ask for advice. Wherever possible preface the title with the date of publication (if published), or the date of creation (if not published).
4. Copyright: SERA (‘The Archive’) is a shared online membership space for the placing, storing and reading of evaluation and research documents relating to El Sistema. The Archive owns no copyright on the documents stored on it, nor does it vouch for the accuracy of the documents stored on it or the right of these documents to be stored on it. No works or part(s) of works accessed in The Archive should be placed into the public domain by SERA members without those members first ensuring from the document owner(s) that the members have the right to place the work or part(s) of the work into the public domain.
5. All documents should be placed in the correct SERA folder category (see section 4. below for details). Please do not under any circumstance alter any documents already placed on the drive, unless you are the unique author(s) or have the authority to do so.
6. If you are an editing member you undertake to fill in your details on the SERA database in Folder 0., and if your are a read only member you undertake to provide your details (name, relevant positions, organisations you have positions with, and a contact e mail), AND to update these details when necessary.
7. By becoming a Member of SERA, you automatically signal your agreement to these rules.
THANK YOU for respecting these few rules.
4. WHAT IS THE SERA FOLDER STRUCTURE?
Folder 0. Data base of members, and Q&A
Folder 1. Proposed Evaluation & Research Projects
Folder 2. Ongoing Evaluation & Research Projects
Folder 3. Published Evaluation & Research Projects
Folder 3a. Non public Domain Published Evaluation & Research Projects
Folder 4. Writing about Evaluation & Research Projects
Folder 5. Non Sistema but Relevant Evaluation & Research Projects
Folder 6. Sistema Evaluation Tools
Folder 7. Currently unclassified material
Folder 8. Archive of Sistema non Evaluation/Research writing
Wherever possible it is also recommended preface the title with the date of publication (if published), or the date of creation, or initiation of the work or idea (if not published).
In true Sistema fashion as the needs of the community using SERA develop so will the archive.
Many thanks, Marshall Marcus