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Tip: Categorizing images
Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.
1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:
2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.
- [[Category:Category name]]
For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:
- [[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]
When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations").Thanks again for your uploads! More information about categorization can be found in Commons:Categories, and don't hesitate to leave a note on the help desk.
- Image:Logo 2009.jpg was uncategorized on 17 January 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 11:12, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
- Image:Logo 2009 2.jpg was uncategorized on 17 January 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 11:12, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
- Image:Folderfles60-10.jpg was uncategorized on 19 January 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 11:37, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Hello, we are an organization for traditional sports. Our members provide us their pictures. They allow us to use them in publications. VlaS
- Thanks for the feedback. However, you will have to credit the actual photographers with their name. Even if they transfer their copyright to you (which would be a legal act), they still remain the author. Also, donating a photography to a "museum" is quite different from distributing photos under a free license. --Túrelio (talk) 10:54, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
- By the way, in case you wonder why some of your initial uploads didn't display correctly, that is because the images were scanned or saved with CMYK-color coding. That is good for professional printing, but bad for online use/display. Better save them in RGB color coding. --Túrelio (talk) 11:01, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Which license should I choose then? user:VlaS
- The question is not the license, but the permission by the authors/photographers. Only the author (or the one to whom the author has transferred his full copyright) can license a photography that is still protected (photos are protected until 70 years after the death of the author). For a comparison, if you buy the original painting (not a print) by a painter who died 50 years ago, can you make a photography of your original painting and distribute it under a free license or print it on postcards? No, you can't, as the original painter (resp. his heirs) still holds the copyright. I am not a lawyer, but if those who have donated their photo prints to you, haven't signed a release or a sort of copyright transfer, you really can't upload these image. I think you should talk to them, explain them what you want to do (upload scans of the images on Commons/Wikipedia) and ask them to sign an individual permission. Here Commons:E-mailsjablonen you find a standard text in Dutch (if that is the preferred language), that you could copy to your computer and then prepare 1 version for each image donator. You have to enter the filename, the license of choice and the photographer has to sign and to date it. As this would likely happen on paper, thereafter you should scan these documents and mail them to email@example.com.
- In regard to the license: in general I would recommend to put the images under a license that leaves you or the photographers at least some control over these images. Such a license is the most commonly used Creative-Commons-Attribution-ShareAlike licences, see here for an image that I have put under this license: File:Dried3717Rose.jpg. --Túrelio (talk) 11:48, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
- Thank you for the information! VlaS