[Clipart] Questions for the Community
Gerald.Ganson at rdc.ab.ca
Tue Jul 5 08:23:20 PDT 2005
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[mailto:clipart-bounces at lists.freedesktop.org] On Behalf Of Jon Phillips
Sent: Friday, July 01, 2005 9:50 PM
To: OCAL list
Subject: [Clipart] Questions for the Community
Could you all take some time to answer a few of these questions. I will
probably include some quotes and snippets in a developing section on
"why people contribute." If you are not into sending this back to the
list for others to see, just send to me...It might be good though to
send to the list so everyone can be on the same page. Answers to these
questions will really help me write this paper.
What characteristics typify yourself as a contributor?
> I'm not sure what this means exactly.
Are you more of a user, an artist, or a developer (librarian), and why?
> user/artist - I enjoy making vector graphics, have been for years.
How many images have you contributed?
> a couple hundred now or so (see stats after r.15)
What are the top five things you contribute to the project?
> user point of view
Why do you contribute to the project?
> Desire to be a part of the open source movement. Since I am using open
source, I wished
> for a way to contribute. Also a general disagreement with the idea
that everything created
> must be for profit and copyrighted.
How long does it take to learn how to contribute?
> Quite a while actually - I did a lot of reading on RDF and exchanged
e-mail with another OCAL
> person before I was able to contribute. I don't think it would have
been possible without a fair
> level of technical abilities. An artist with skills primarily in the
creation and drawing areas
> would be discouraged from contributing by the current difficulty level
in my opinion.
How did you find out about Open Clip Art Library?
> Reading the "how to contribue" page at Open Office web site.
What do you think would make the project better?
> easier access for non-tech artists to contribute
> keep the interface for clipart users as simple as possible
> continued expansion of general purpose and specific needs artwork
What are your personal goals for project?
> continue contributing whenever possible
> use document management when available to help sort and index images
What are your general group goals for the project?
> be the best source of free vector clipart in existance
What would you like to learn about and do on the project in the future?
What is the primary problem on the project?
What is the way to solve that problem?
> In addition could I add a comment.
> Since much of the open source movement has the appearance (at least)
of coming from the
> UNIX world, the community of Windows users (obviously a large base)
can get the feeling
> that Open Source is only for UNIX, and Windows folks must remain with
the commercial only
> products. In order for OCAL and other Open Source projects to really
take off, this preception
> from the users of Windows must be cleared.
> Whatever steps can be taken whenever possible to help break down this
barrier will mean
> good things for OCAL and projects like OCAl.
> I hope this helps Jon.
> Gerald G.
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