[Clipart] notes for consideration for release 0.13 announcement

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at kde.org
Sun Apr 24 21:15:15 PDT 2005

hey everyone...

i've had a chance to discuss with one of our resident XML guys about the needs 
of OCAL and an XSLT stylesheet that would be appropriate for extracting the 
XML metadata into a format useful for clipart apps. he's looking into it and 
hopefully will be able to offer some input here...

i also noticed that Danny Allen is a major contributor to OCAL. which is 
really cool, because he's a name i recognize well from the KDE art community. 
small worlds =)

i said that i'd put some notes together for the upcoming 0.13 announcement 
this weekend, so... here it is for your consideration.. this is probably what 
i'll submit to dot.kde.org, after another round of editing (it's a bit 
verbose and mildly clumsy in places) and some spell checking. your feedback 
(both positive and constructively critical) is welcome and desired:

Today Open Source is about more than just software. It's a complex fusion of 
technology, localization, accessibility, documentation and art.

The Open Clip Art Library (OCAL) is an example of a thriving project focused 
on the latter category. With more than 3000 high quality, public domain clip 
art files which are most usefully organized into categories, OCAL is a unique 
and valuable body of unencumbered artwork. These quality images are perfectly 
suited for both personal and professional content creation.

The KDE desktop project has been shipping high quality, Open Source desktop 
software for many years to a large and established base of users. Recently 
there has been a growing effort to provide access to a growing body of 
additional creative works that enrich the desktop experience. The thriving 
communities around kde-look.org and the recent launch of kde-docs.org are 
examples of this trend.

So it seems only natural that KDE and OCAL would begin to explore ways in 
which to work together to fuse the best that both have to offer. As an early 
step, the Open Clip Art Library is now referenced on both the KOffice website 
as well as in the KOffice documentation. But this is just the beginning.

The OCAL project is currently working on the infrastructure necessary to allow 
seemless browsing and use of the image library both locally and over the 
Internet. As several KDE applications such as KWord and KPresenter already 
support the formats used in OCAL, this will open up an array of creative 
possibilities. With the additional support of OpenOffice.org, Inkscape, 
SodiPodi, Creative Commons and the OpenCD project, OCAL is poised to make 
quite a splash in the coming months.

<insert a quote from someone in the project ... perhaps Bryce?>

Software developers with an interest in document management, image catalogs, 
SVG, XML and content creation applications are encouraged to join in these 
efforts to provide Open Source desktop users broader access to OCAL.. Artists 
are also encouraged to contribute SVG files to this growing collection and to 
help out with the process of vetting contributions.

In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to download and check out the most 
recent release of OCAL, version 0.13, which represents the work and passion 
of over 200 individual artists.

Aaron J. Seigo
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