[Clipart] Introduction to the Open Clip Art Library - OOoCon2004 Paper Abstract

Jon Phillips jon at rejon.org
Sun May 23 21:07:33 PDT 2004

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Introduction to the Open Clip Art Library

Session Description (no longer than 250 words) 

The Open Clip Art Library (http://www.openclipart.org/) is an on-line
public domain SVG graphics repository, an interface to this growing
collection and a supportive community–artists of varying skill-levels,
and content-managers, or "librarians." The project was birthed out of
development on the open source SVG drawing tools Inkscape, Sodipodi, the
open desktop publishing application, Scribus, and Open Office.org
developers. Originally conceived to support the Open Source communities'
graphics needs, the Library's "open content" is available for all uses
via the web.

This introduction and overview consists of a dissection of the web-based
public interface, an overview of the issues regarding filtering of
submitted SVG files, a look at how meta-data is being used to maximize
the repositories effectiveness, a demo of the on-the-fly bitmap
exporters, and how the Creative Commons Public Domain Declaration is
used. In closing, the roadmap of future features, including
implementation of web-services and development of software clients to
the graphics server will be discussed. The Open Clip Art Library
provides a service for all levels of graphics users with low social and
technical barriers to encourage maximum submissions in order to gather a
diverse collection of vector graphics – put your graphics into
circulation today at http://www.openclipart.org.

The Open Clip Art Library is hosted by freedesktop.org and is affiliated
with the Open Source projects Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org), a
cross-platform SVG drawing tool, Sodipodi (http://www.sodipodi.com),
Scribus (http://www.scribus.net), a desktop publishing tool,
OpenOffice.org, TheOpenCD (http://www.theopencd.net/) and the Creative
Commons (http://www.creativecommons.org).

Targeted Audience 

End-users, designers, developers, Open Source advocates, 

Proposed Track (e.g.: "Development - Filters" or "General - Marketing") 

Community and Graphices Production

Preferred Session Type (Conference Session, Case Study, BOF) 

Conference Session

Full Name 

Jon Phillips

Email Address 

jon at rejon.org

URL of Home Page (if it should be listed in the program) 


Job Title (if it should be listed in the program) 

Graduate Researcher

Company/Affiliation (if any) 

Center for Research in Computing and the Arts
University of California, San Diego

Postal Address 

PO BOX 948668
La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Telephone Number


Short Biography (1 or 2 paragraphs) 

Jon Phillips (www.rejon.org) is an open source developer, artist,
writer, educator, lecturer, and curator with 11+ years of experience
creating communities and working within computing culture. His
involvements with mixing culture and software development have been
shown internationally at UC-Berkeley's 040404 Conference (2004), USC Aim
Festival (2003), ICA London (2002), Bootlab (Berlin), and MAMA Media
(Croatia). He is an open source advocate and developer on Inkscape
(http://www.inkscape.org), a scalable vector graphics editor and on the
Open Clip Art Library (http://openclipart.org). Currently, he is
writing/producing a book, "CVS: Concurrency, Versioning and Systems,"
(http://cvsbook.ucsd.edu/) and produces the "local" journal SCALE

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