[Clipart] SVG Metadata

Bryce Harrington bryce at bryceharrington.com
Fri Apr 8 00:13:31 PDT 2005

On Thu, Apr 07, 2005 at 10:15:56PM -0400, Jonadab the Unsightly One wrote:
> > If the rights are assigned to openclipart.org, this should be used
> > instead. 
> Currently we are defaulting _publisher and _publisher_url to
> 'Open Clip Art Library' and 'http://www.openclipart.org/'
> respectively, but we are defaulting the owner to the creator.
> Although, since the items are placed into the public domain,
> ownership seems largely moot.  Still, our intention is to track
> that information as it was submitted to us, as much as possible.

It may be moot, but note that currently 'Open Clip Art Library' is not a
legal entity, so couldn't hold "ownership".  I figured it's fine to list
that for publisher, but for owner if we list anyone it should be someone
or something that would be recognized in a court of law.

> > The dc:title of the <dc:rights> agent should be the person who
> > created the work, rather than "Public Domain" (I think, although I
> > may be acting as a lawyer there unintentionally.)
> The dc:title subelement of the Agent subelement of the dc:rights
> element is set to _owner.  It is possible some images were submitted
> with "Public Domain" as the owner, but the way I read to_rdf, it is
> putting the owner there, if an owner is known.  (If no owner is
> specified, it defaults to the creator, as noted above.)

Yeah, this part may have been done incorrectly; I had to make a few
guesses when I hooked up much of this, and I'm sure I made lazy choices
in a few areas.

> > Apologies if I come off rather harsh in this email: just trying to
> > help the site generate the best metadata possible, because I'm going
> > to start sucking it into an RDF tool I run.
> Indeed, having good metadata is something we view as important, for
> the manageability of the collection if for no other reason.

Yes, it's good this is getting reviewed.  I did much of this coding very
early on in the project; I wanted to get it in place so we could track
submitters and the rights so our foundational contributions would be
legally sound.  Other aspects were secondary, and I cut a few corners
knowing that if it was important, eventually someone would take an
interest in figuring out how to do it right.  ;-)


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