Want to contribute to an Artefatica project?

First step: Make your content open
Make your content open by selecting one of the following Creative Commons licenses:

Using these licenses will allow others to create with your work. Creative Commons Zero is the most open option — you’re waiving all of your rights and placing it into the public domain. (Why would you do this?) With Attribution and Attribution Share-Alike you maintain copyright and stipulate the conditions under which others use your work. Please note that Artefatica doesn’t use work with non-commercial or no derivatives restrictions.

If you have a website you can put the license in the footer (like we did at the bottom of this page). Flickr allows you to select the licensing of your work and search work by license.  They also have an amazing project to collect images in the public domain. (Yay Flickr!)  Vimeo and YouTube are also discussing Creative Commons integration.

Second step: Tell us!
Right now we’re hard at work on our first project and figuring out what it means to publish open. (As you can see from our neglected blog… so much to say, so little time.) But we’d love to hear your ideas. We’re especially interested in work on cities, sustainability, social change, innovation, things open, and sex. If you’re a designer or illustrator and would like to re-vision or remix a classic work in the public domain we want to be your publisher. We’re also interested in making print versions of work created using participatory media: blogs, microblogs, podcasts, mashups, wikis.

For now, you can email us. Soon we’ll have a form to make the submission process easier. Stay tuned by signing up for our email newsletter (See ARTEFATICA UPDATES, on the right column of this page).

Other things you can do:

Ask people in photos & videos to sign releases
Ask the people you photograph to sign a model release form — giving you the right use the images you create in any media and for any good purpose (excluding advertising and defamatory uses). Joi Ito was generous enough to share the form he used for his FreeSouls book, available here.

Make your work easy to find
It’s already easy to let others know your work is open on Flickr. For other services you can add “artefatica” to your tags to let us — and anyone else! — know they can use your work (instructions for YouTube, Vimeo). Be sure to tell us which license you’ve selected in the description of your work.

Add descriptions
This is written with photo and Flickr in mind, but you can apply it to other types of content as well. Here is the basic information we suggest you include for each photo:

  • Short, descriptive title
  • Photographer: Firstname Lastname
  • Location (example: Mile End, Montreal)
  • Month Year (example: June 2009)
  • Website

You may also want to add more detailed information to help others create works about similar topics or issues. Documenting who or what is in the picture, why it’s important, and giving a sense of the context will help others immensely. (We like to call this “extending empathy forward”.) Here’s an outline of the information you may want to include:

  • What or who is in the image?
  • Why is it significant?
  • What’s the context?

The Roerich Garden Project

The Roerich Garden Project, Nicole Fournier: Live Dining

The website for our first project is live.
We're still working on it but would love
your feedback and contributions.

Open Images

The Roerich Garden Project book team has
collected almost 1000 community-generated
images for you to use and share.
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