IIC Social Media Policies and Guidelines

Why IIC Uses Online Social Media

The International Institute for Conservation has created social media profiles (on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) in order to enhance our professional community’s ongoing conversations relating to the study and preservation of cultural heritage.

Social media provide IIC members with forums for discussion and collaboration on a global scale. Members can share articles, links, research, announce art conservation-related events and news, engage in professional discussions (theoretical and practical), etc. These online resources help our members to stay abreast of the technical advances and current thinking of colleagues around the world.

These forums not only allow this sharing of information to be done globally, but also allow it to be shared almost instantaneously, providing an efficient and easy way of spreading ideas, research, and events, uniting our global community in our collective goal to preserve and care for our shared cultural heritage.

Because of the professional nature of our content, we have guidelines in place for what is appropriate online interaction within the IIC community.

How IIC Members Are Expected To Use Online Social Media

Do’s

We encourage our members to share accurate professional information relating to the care of cultural heritage. However, you will be personally responsible for the comments or information that you share. Anyone sharing such content (including information, text, images, photographs, video, links, etc.) must have the proper permission from the individuals, private businesses, or institutions that own the content. Unless you created the content or you know that the content you post is in the public domain, you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner of the content before posting, displaying or disseminating it. Give credit where it is due. You should also obtain the consent of any individuals whose photographs you post.

Share ideas and professional opinions that are within your professional field of expertise. Post content informing the online community of conferences, awards, current events, and conservation triumphs, emergencies, and needs around the world. We also hope that members will use these online forums to post questions and issues in search of expert advice, answers, and intellectually stimulating conversation including friendly debate.

Most of all we hope that these social media will continue to enable global networking and build professional relationships in concert with IIC’s other published media (including NiC and SiC), conferences, and events, knitting our world-wide community closer together.

Don’ts

We ask members to refrain from posting information not related to the care and preservation of cultural heritage. Other inappropriate content includes spam, commercial advertising, job postings offensive statements, inaccurate information, foul language, and unconstructive criticism. If you wish to post a job description, please contact the IIC directly for proper procedures at iic@iiconservation.org. These online venues are not to be used to belittle, embarrass, or discourage others. Caustic arguments and feuds will not be tolerated. The best rule of thumb remains, if you can’t say something constructive, don’t say anything at all.

Do not post any confidential information. Do not share information, text, images, photographs, videos, links, etc. if you do not have permission or proper authority to do so. When in doubt, do not post.

Who Monitors IIC’s Social Media Accounts

Managers and monitors for IIC's social media accounts have been put in place by the IIC’s web team. Those appointed monitor content and help to encourage positive, enlightening discussions. They also remove inappropriate posts and alert offenders.

We reserve the right to remove any comments that are inappropriate due to foul language, attacking of a single person or group, or commercial advertisements that explicitly promote a product or service. We will notify comment authors personally to let them know their comments have been removed. We reserve the right to ban repeat offenders.

Thank You

Our Social Media team works diligently to encourage and post accurate, timely, and relevant content. We encourage your feedback and will respond with respect and courtesy, and request our members and followers to do the same. We do our best to reply to comments as quickly as possible, but sometimes there are delays. Please be patient with us as we do what we can to improve the experience of all of our members and friends.

We want to thank you for your participation and support in making our discussions online a productive and enjoyable experience for our entire community. Do contact our office if you have any questions about these IIC Social Media Policies and Guidelines or more broadly about IIC’s wider web presence on www.iiconservation.org.