Submit a Resource

The RWI Resource Center is continually growing as we update and expand our collection of resources and information. We welcome individuals and organizations to contribute resources - including laws and regulations, research reports, data collections, training guides and other materials focused on extractive industry issues. More information on the kinds of resources we are looking for can be found below, but when in doubt please do not hesitate to send something in. To submit a resource, please complete the form below.

What Kind of Resources are We Looking For?

The Revenue Watch Resource Center is an open, inclusive database of resources on  extractive industries and the management of natural resource wealth. It aims to be relevant and accessible to a wide range of stakeholders and transparency advocates – including civil society members, government officials, parliamentarians, students and journalists. It offers materials in a variety of languages and formats to serve this broad constituency.

Revenue Watch is committed to presenting a diverse collection of materials in the Resource Center, and to ensuring that these resources are (i) relevant to the site’s focus, (ii) of interest to its users, and (iii) to the extent possible, free of error and misinformation.

To ensure that all materials meet these requirements, Revenue Watch has developed editorial criteria to guide our choice of materials for the Resource Center.


Criteria for the Inclusion of Resources

1) Materials included in the Resource Center must be at least broadly related to extractive industry issues and to resource revenue management. While decisions about materials that fit into this category will always be subjective, the Resource Center focuses especially on information related to oil, gas and mineral production – i.e. information related to sub-soil resources. (See note below.)

2) All materials, whether contributed by individuals or organizations, will be vetted for authorship. Un-attributed contributions and anonymous submissions cannot be included. This guideline makes it easier for Revenue Watch to check the veracity and authenticity of resources, and helps ensure that authors and other sources are given due credit for their work. 

3) Materials to be added to the Resource Center must be available from a primary source. If a third party or media reference suggests a document or file, Revenue Watch and its partners will seek an original copy or online link from its author. The Resource Center looks for final, authorized versions of material and secures permission from their authors to post them online. 

4) Resources to be uploaded to the Resource Center should fall broadly into one of the following categories:

  • Official documents: laws, contracts, regulations, policies, government statements, materials of record, etc.
  • Research: reports and related materials including video and audio materials documenting data sets and analyses such as budgets, EITI reports and transparency indices.
  • Training: capacity-building materials and other learning tools

5) Resources to be uploaded to the Resource Center should be available in of the following formats, in a size not exceeding 5 MB:

  • As a Word or PDF file
  • As an Excel or other data-based file
  • As a Power Point presentation
  • As a video, audio or image file

6) All material uploaded to the Resource Center should be free of misinformation and factual error. While it is impossible to fact-check all information in materials proposed for the site, known errors of fact and/or a lack of citation will keep a resource from being considered.

7) All materials must meet professional standards for clarity and completeness. While all need not be at the same technical level, all materials should be well-conceived and well-executed. In practice this means that written materials should be clear and comprehensible, while visual and audio materials should be submitted in the best quality format available.

 


Note: While materials related to other sectors and resources, such as forestry, fisheries, hydroelectric, etc., are not categorically excluded from the site, such information is more likely to be accepted if it also addresses themes or concerns related to resource wealth generally. For example an article on forestry and environmental degradation might not necessarily be appropriate, but a report on the sub-national distribution of revenues collected from federally-owned timber might be. Similarly, the ResourceCenter is more likely to incorporate materials that focus on issues such as alternative energy, environmental initiatives and standards, climate change, etc. if they make a link to extractive resources.