Origami Database - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can you send me diagrams?
A: No. The diagrams are protected by copyright. Many are
only available from the book mentioned. However it is possible to
download many diagrams from the web. Use the drop-down box on the
search panel to select 'Website' if you want to search the web for
Q: Are all the diagrams available?
A: Theoretically yes! However many of the books are out of print or only available through
membership of a society. Many Societies also have diagrams available only to members.
Q: Why do I get errors when trying to submit data?
Q: Why can't I see the thumbnails?
A: Some of the data used by this website is kept in a cookie. The cookie will either be deleted
automatically when you leave the site or it will timeout and delete itself. We do not and will
not retain this data or pass it on to anyone. Consequently, if you have set up your browser to
not accept any cookies, you will be unable to add to the database.
If you wish to know how to set
up your browser to accept cookies for this site only, see How do I set up my cookies?
Q: What do all the fields means and what information should I put in?
A: The database holds a lot of data. The following is a guide to what is useful or required for each field (referring to the Add Book or Add Model pages):-
- Type:- a drop down list to say what type of publication
(Book, Magazine, website) etc. use one of the options given in
- Author:- Please use the convention FamilyName, GivenName.
- Title:- This is the title of the book or magazine or
.. IF YOU ARE ENTERING A WEBSITE, PLEASE USE THE FULL URL i.e.
- ISBN:- This is a bit of a misnomer as many items on the
database don't have an ISBN. If you regard it as a straightforward
unique identifier, then everything will be fine.
Usual conventions for ISBN (in priority order):
- ISBN (if there is one), or
- Publishers name followed by number (many publishers issued
their own numbering systems pre-ISBN)
- for websites use WWW followed by the name of the individual
or the Society (e.g. WWWBOS), or
- for magazines use the Society abbreviation followed by M followed
by the 3 digit issue number (or volume and issue) e.g. OTM092
for the Origami Tanteidan Magazine 92
- for convention books use the Society abbreviation followed
by C followed by the year (or year/issue) e.g. BOC951 is British
Origami Convention for 1995 Spring
- Some other unique code (i.e. make it up and hope someone else
hasn't used it!)
- Language:- Language (or main languages) that the book
is written in
- Pages:- Fairly obviously the number of pages, but for CDs and Websites it's
meaningless so leave it as 0
- Comments:- a Brief description of the book (please use
a space if you do not want to add anything to this field)
Q: I can't find ....
A: There are a number of reasons why you may not be able to find a particular item.
- A1: The most common one is simply that no-one has added it
to the database yet!
- A2: Spelling errors contribute to a number of failed searches.
We try to keep the database as accurate as possible, but sometimes
things slip through! If you spot an error, please
- A3: The creator name is the wrong way around.
There is a small problem that we hope to fix sometime. All creator
names are held as FamilyName, GivenName so if you want to
find models by Jeremy Shafer, typing 'Jeremy Shafer' won't find
anything. Typing 'Jeremy' will return every model by anyone with
Jeremy as part of their name and 'Shafer' will return all models
by anyone with 'Shafer' as part of their name. The way around it
is to type 'Shafer, Jeremy'.
- A4: You're searching for someone with an apostrophe (') in
SQL (the search language) doesn't like this as it is used to mean
something else. We hope to fix this problem, however be careful
when searching for O'Hare, O'Hanlon and d'Auria etc. Using Hare,
Hanlon and Auria respectively in the search field should get around
this for the moment.
- A5: You've put the name of the creator in the model name
Many models in origami are commonly referred to by the name of the
creator (e.g. Brill's Horse, the Kawasaki Rose etc.) In general
these models will be entered by the model name as given by the creator
(i.e. horse or rose) and the creator's name placed in the designer
field. So searching for 'Kawasaki Rose' as the model name will bring
up fewer answers than searching for rose with Kawasaki in the designer
- A6: Too much information.
Try restricting the search by adding in more data to the search
fields. Use the drop down menu at the top of the box to search only
in 'Books' or 'Magazines' etc. Add the creators name. All these
should reduce the number of entries returned
Another trick is to put a space after and/or before the word you want to search for. This
forces a sort of 'whole word only' search.
Q: How do I use My Library?
A:The first thing to do is register. You will be asked to provide
your name, a username, a password and an email address. This data
is held in a database, only accessible by the ODB admin team. The
data (particularly the email) will not be available or passed on to
For this to operate correctly, you should have cookies enabled, at least for the ODB site.
Once you've registered you will be able to login to the ODB Click
on 'Login / Register My Library' and enter the
username and password that you registered with. After you've logged
in, you'll be directed back to the Main Page where you should notice
a couple of changes.
1. The stats area now has an extra section telling you how many
books you have in the database and how many model diagrams are contain
2. There is an extra search option 'My Library' as well as the original
two (Full Database and Web Only)
3. One of the Links is now 'Add Books to My Library'.
4. An extra link 'Browse My Library
If you do not see these changes, then your cookie settings are preventing
you from utilising the My Library features. Please see below for instructions
on how to modify your cookie settings.
Click the 'Add Books to My Library' link.
You can now browse through the books and magazines held in the
database. If you see one that you own then there should be an 'Add'
button. Click this button. Unfortunately it will often appear that
nothing has happened (this is due to many browsers over-riding the
cacheing options). You will have to navigate your way to this page
again to see any change (but you can click on any number of books
on the same page). If you've chosen a book in this way it should
subsequently appear in this list with a tick beside it and a 'Del'
box to allow you to delete it from your collection should something
unthinkable happen (or you loan it out to someone who doesn't return
'Browse My Library' is simply a list of the books that you
own (similar to the Book Listings section).
Note: Each time you leave the site and come back, you have
to login again (Click 'Login / Register My Library'
and fill in your username and password) to access the 'My Library'
features. But you only have to register once.
Q: How do I set up my cookies?
A: There are a few ways to set up your explorer to accept
Now you should be able to login to the ODB and see the extra options.
- In Tools->Internet Option
- 1: (Recommended option) In Internet Explorer it is possible to allow cookies only for
a particular site. Go to the site and then on the menu bar of the
- Click Tools->Internet options.
- Select the Privacy Tab. At the bottom you should see a panel that
says 'Web Sites' containing a button that says 'Edit'.
- Click the 'Edit' button.
- In the box marked 'Address of Web site' type either stagepics.co.uk
or http://stagepics.co.uk/ (Some versions of IE only accept the
- Click 'Allow'.
- Click OK.
- Click OK.
- 2: Set Security Level to Low, or
- 3: Add www.origamidatabase.com to the 'Trusted Sites' and make
sure the security level is 'Low' for trusted sites, or
- 4: Privacy Tab ->'Advanced' and set the cookie settings appropriately,
making sure that 'always allow session cookies' is enabled, or
Q: What format/size would you like for photographs and cover scans?
A: All photos and cover scans should be in JPEG format (i.e. .jpg
- For cover scans we'd prefer the width to be around 200 pixels.
- For creator photos we'd prefer the width to be around 400 pixels.
- For model photos we'd prefer the width to be around 400 pixels.
For more about submitting photographs, please see our Photo Guidelines
Q: How can read I the database in an offline program or Palm device?
A: Use the Tab-separated download options in ODB Downloads
Tab Separated format is a data format that is accepted by almost all spreadsheets and databases.
For Palm devices there are many database utilities. A free one is MobileDBLite. This comes with a PC utility to import tab separated files
into your Palm.
Q: Why is my booklist empty?
A: You have obviously registered and have gone into ODB Downloads
to download your library. Unfortunately, you haven't yet told the ODB which books you own. You can
do this by clicking the 'Add' button beside the book (you will only see this if you are logged in). This will then turn into a tick.