[Clipart] Re: [Inkscape-devel] RE:Xara Announcement

Jon Phillips jon at rejon.org
Sat Oct 22 01:01:16 PDT 2005

On Mon, 2005-10-17 at 13:14 +0300, Nicu Buculei (OCAL) wrote:
> bulia byak wrote:
> > On 10/16/05, Charles Moir <CharlesM at xara.com> wrote:
> > 
> >>These are all good things. I have some issues about quality control on
> >>OpenClipart,
> > 
> > 
> > Me too, and I very much hope they will be resolved by implementing
> > voting (and periodically purging the lowest-voted ones) as well as
> > more wiki-like interface where I can easily upload an improved version
> > of the clipart as well as add keywords to find it more easily. Some or
> > all of this is, as far as I know, being planned or implemented;
> > perhaps OpenClipart people might want to comment more.
>  From the beginning the intention was to have ratings, the ability for 
> authors to improve their uploads and for users to edit metadata.
> For a while Bryce worked on a Document Management System intended to 
> solve all this, but recently he realized the project is going nowhere 
> and abandoned it.
> AFAIK, the current plan is to reuse a tool made by Creative Commons, 
> probably Rejon can give here some info.

Yes, I'm currently employed by Creative Commons to develop ccHost, which
is the open source project that ccmixter.org runs on.

I'm a.) developing the project into a more friendly open source project
and b.) developing the code so that it can use more file types. Once
ready, it has all of these features that we discuss like reviewing,
better searching, releases, contests, etc. Its just a matter of time...

> Sure, if anyone step up and start working on a better interface, it will 
> be received with open hands :p
> About periodically purging the lowest-voted images, I believe we are 
> *against* this, but *for* providing providing a selection of most-voted.

Yes, never delete a users content. That is the main way trust is
built...rather, providing ways to sort through content, offer
suggestions, and provide patches for images is the proper way to go IMO.

> Charles, OCAL can be a good addition to your commercial offering (as it 
> is Public Domain): you can make a selection with what you like best, 
> package in whatever format and put it on CDROM along with the other 
> extras (the added value being your own selection/QA, packaging, 
> convenience and maybe a browsing/searching interface like 
> http://www.python.org/pypi/clipartbrowser/).
> Think also about affiliation: OCAL has affiliation with projects like 
> Inkscape and Scribus.

Completely agree. How can we get the ball rolling on this?


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