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The Creator namespace is similar to the Template namespace in that it only contains templates, yet this namespace is reserved exclusively for {{Creator}} infoboxes. These infobox templates contain general information about artists to be used on their works' File namespace pages. The main intent of those templates is to provide:

  • general information about author, like dates and places of birth and death, allowing unique identification
  • links to commons galleries or Wikipedia / wikisource articles, allowing finding more information and further unique identification
  • short description of the creator in the language of the viewer
  • date of death and nationality is also important for verifying validity of {{PD-old}} licenses.

Who should have creator page[edit]

Clear Yes[edit]

  • Anybody who is an author or creator of works hosted on commons and meets notability requirements for categories or for Wikipedia articles.
  • Any known author (not anonymous) whose works are claiming public domain due to copyright expiration. Ideally all files of such authors should use {{Creator}} template to support their claims.

Clear No[edit]

  • People who are not, and are unlikely to ever be, creators of works hosted on commons, for example Genghis Khan. Creator pages are templates meant to be transcluded in many files. It takes time and effort to maintain them, and there is no need to spend this effort on pages which are not going to be used as templates. The exception from this rule would be pages for artists who died less than 70 years ago and for whom we do not have many works, since their works are still copyrighted. It is advantageous to have creator pages for such artists so we can more easily identify them.
  • People for whom we have no information other than name. So if you find an artwork signed John Smith and you know nothing else about the author, then please do not create a template for him.
  • Anonymous authors, except for cases when number of works are attributed to a specific anonymous artist, such as for example Master of the 1540s.


The name of the creator page should follow the most common version of the name used in English-language literature, and ideally should match the name of the corresponding category on Commons and the name of article in English Wikipedia. See Commons category naming guidelines here and here. See also English Wikipedia's article naming guidelines here and here. Frequently encountered alternative name versions, including versions in native languages, or names matching articles in other Wikipedias, should have redirects to the main creator template. If there is a need for disambiguation, then the preferred way is to use dates of birth and death, or middle names, instead of professions.


All creator pages should use {{Creator}} template and no text outside of content of {{Creator}} template should be transcluded. Categories should be added through Homecat parameter, references and additional information should be added through Reference parameter. All other categories or interlanguage links should be added to galleries and categories.

Use of Creator templates[edit]

Commons category schema of categories related to creator pages. Blue folders are hidden maintenance categories. Blue text means example text.

Creator templates are meant to be used in:

  • file namespace to describe author or creator of depicted work. Please use links to creator pages or other pages when describing depicted people or other people who are not creators.
  • category and gallery namespaces to provide short information about artist on the top of the page.


As with Wikipedia articles, it should be possible to verify information in the creator template, by following links used in the template. Some of the standard links are:

  • links to Wikipedia articles - placed in the name field, possibly using {{LangSwitch}} template so users will see links to Wikipedias in their language.
  • links to Wikisource pages - placed in the wikisource field, possibly using {{LangSwitch}} template so users will see links to Wikisource site in their language.
  • authority control links - placed in authority control field.
  • all other sources of information used in creating the template should be placed in Reference field.

See also[edit]