[Clipart] Clipart cleaning (was: Artists Signing Clipart)

momo momo at lumenstudio.net
Thu Nov 30 02:51:00 PST 2006


Yesterday I had some time to work on the clipart maintenance, so:

- I cleaned several cliparts with embedded or linked bitmaps (not deleted 
them, but rebuilt without the bitmap inside). An example is 
http://openclipart.org/cchost/media/files/mip/1251 a clipart created in 
illustrator that icluded a bitmap shadow that I recreated in Inkscpae with 
blur. After the transormation the file size dropped from around 300Kb to 

- I deleted 2 cliparts (one containing a bitmap without vectors at all, omne 
containing a Renault logo) and wrote a mail to the uploaders politly 
informing them about the cause of the deletion.

- I added tags to cliparts with poor or no tags at all (about 25 pieces of 

- http://openclipart.org/cchost/media/files/vlodco_zotov/1524 is now without 
signature, I reuploaded the svg after adding proper metadata (author, date, 
tags, description and licence) to the file and deleting the signature.

- several (about a dozen) cliparts had too big bounding boxes, so I also 
reuploaded them after changing that parameter to a more convienient size.

I think that these kind of "clipart cleaning" operations should be practiced 
once a week or so, to ensure the clipart's quality will not fall to a point 
where it will be poorly usable.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jon Phillips" <jon at rejon.org>
To: "ryan" <ryan at lennox.com.au>
Cc: <clipart at lists.freedesktop.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 5:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Clipart] Artists Signing Clipart

> On Wed, 2006-11-29 at 09:44 +1000, ryan wrote:
>> Do we have a stance on an artist signing/ putting a visible label on the
>> bottom of their clipart. I don't have a huge issue with it, except for it
>> detracts from the usability of the clipart a lot, if someone has to 
>> remove
>> an annoying message like that before putting it into a document...
>> Any thoughts?
>> And here is an example that triggered this email :)
>> http://openclipart.org/cchost/people/vlodco_zotov/vlodco_zotov_cell_phone.sv
>> g
>> cheers
>> ryanlerch
> Yeah, i think we should advise against this so that people aren't
> compelled to make a "remix" ;) without that person's name...better to
> allow our system identify an author.
> However, this should be a social policy IMO rather than bannable or
> grounds for deletion. What do you all think?
> Jon
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