Published: 12 December 2011
This pages just some of the ways you can get involved with Geograph. If you think you have something to contribute then dive right in!
- Contribute photos
This is the main activity. Go out and photograph your area. Click Submit in the left hand menu.
- Add interesting descriptions
Whether it's geology, local history, architecture, outdoor sports..., share your knowledge and help build a resource for other enthusiasts as well as schools. You can add text to individual photos or as a shared description to a number of them. Both can be done either during submission (step 3) or on the update form, linked under each picture.
- Write articles
Draw on your own and other people's images to illustrate a topic you're interested in such as a village, river, historical event or geographical feature. You can add maps, graphics, videos and out-of-copyright photos as well as Geograph images. To get started, have a look at existing articles and the guide to writing new ones.
We have a dedicated blog area, for members to blog about anything related to Geograph. Go there now and write an entry.
- Apply tags to images
Tags help users find relevant images. They're still fairly new, and many old images haven't been tagged at all. You can add tags to one of your own photos by going to the photo edit page and opening the tagging box. For all other images, for the moment, you can help group them into 'buckets' according to photographic (rather than subject) characteristics. To do this, just click the thumb symbol next to an image and tick the appropriate buckets.
- Moderate images
Check newly submitted images and data for suitability for an educational site and plausibility of location. Apply to become a moderator using the button at the bottom of your profile page.
- Moderate suggestions
Check corrections and text additions suggested by members and work with submitters and suggesters to maintain the reliability of the Geograph database. Apply to become a moderator using the button at the bottom of your profile page.
Whether your interest is special or general, team up with other contributors in your area to extend coverage, strengthen descriptions, uncover and correct errors and inconsistencies in photos of the area.
- Curate a grid square, a centisquare, a geographical feature or topic
In other words, from a multitude of published images, make a selection that best illustrates the subject.
- Get feedback
Contact non-contributing users to find out how and why they use the Geograph website.
- Test features
New and experimental features are usually announced on the forum early on in their development. Look out for forum posts in the Features in Development section. Try them out and report back to help make them as useful and user-friendly as possible.
- Answer questions on the forum
Keep an eye on the forum, particularly the How do I...? section and help members find their way. If a question is of general interest, consider adding it to the knowledgebase.
- Mentor new users
Help new contributors and other users find their way around the site. Encourage them to join the supportive, knowledgeable and entertaining Geograph community.
- Write knowledgebase answers
These are short answers to frequently or occasionally asked questions and are found under the FAQ link in the side menu. Pick an unanswered question or provide a question and answer together.
- Write help documents
These are articles which explain common tasks in more detail. Video capture, e.g. this walk-through of the submission process can be very effective and can be embedded in help articles.
- Update the Geograph Links Directory
The Geograph Links Directory is intended to give direct access to all features of the site. Click the Suggest a Link on the right on the links directory page to add new links.
- Answer questions sent in via email
The support team provides individual support to members and site visitors, responding to queries sent by email or through the contact form. If you'd like to help, send us a message using Contact in the side menu.
- Tell people about Geograph
The interests of our members overlap with those of several other organisations, such as the Ramblers, YHA, local amenity societies, the National Trusts, wildlife trusts, photographic societies, University of the Third Age... Give a talk about Geograph to local branches. Write a piece about Geograph for their newsletters.
- Recruit new members
Word of mouth. Flyers. Leaflets in libraries. Focus on areas of thin coverage.
- Take opportunities to make Geograph better known
Contact local geography teachers. With other local contributors, set up photo opportunities for local media. Contact organisers of photography festivals and exhibitions to ask for a stand, display space or demo.
- Design a new look for the website
The site is beginning to look dated. Can you design a new layout and implement it with HTML/CSS? Send us a message using the Contact link in the side menu.
We might be starting a Working Group to work on this, see Working Group: New Design, and join if interested.
- Write code
There is a separate page with opportunities for developers to contribute code. If you'd like to contribute a new feature, get in touch using the Contact link in the side menu. If you're after a sizeable project, have a look at the Big Ideas - some of these may be suitable for undergraduate projects for computer scientists.
- Make a mashup using Geograph Images
Spread the word by using Geograph's data. This can be for a commercial venture such as an estate agent's website or for a community project, like e.g. Geotrips. Geograph has an API to interface your application with our database.
- Help maintain the servers
We use our own cluster of servers to power the website, they take time to keep running in tip-top condition. From as simple as running regular spot-checks to make sure backups are in order, to helping design, implement and test new storage strategies. If the thought of a waiting Linux command line prompt doesn't scare you, get in contact now!
- Database administrator
We have a sizeable (MySQL) database to maintain the projects data. This needs constant attention to make sure its performing well, as well as maintaining data integrity.
- Fix outstanding bugs
With a large and varied code-base, its inevitable that bugs creep in from time to time. Plenty of bug squishing opportunities! take a look at the code or ask us for list of things to look at.
- Donate money to support the project
- Help find potential new sponsors for Geograph
- Attend the next Conference or Local Meet
- Become a company member
By joining Geograph Project Limited as a company member you can make sure that your elected directors do their job, which is to sustain and grow the Geograph project. Please contact the Secretary via the Contact Us page.