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- Open source? Creative Commons? What's that all about? Close
- Keeping the Geograph website operational requires many people to donate their time or resources, and we want to be sure that the website is a resource free from commercial exploitation in future. To that end, the site software is available for re-use under the terms of the GNU Public Licence (GPL).
Also, we require all submitters to adopt a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence on their photographic submissions.
Under this licence the photographer keeps the copyright on their images but grants the right to anyone to copy and/or distribute and/or modify the image and its attached metadata, provided they give credit. This right to reuse the image may include someone printing and selling the image on Ebay or elsewhere.
On submission, contributors licence their images at one or more specific sizes. Once a licence is granted it is irrevocable, as that image and licence may legally have been downloaded and used elsewhere.
In a nutshell, we wanted to build a true community project that won't leave a nasty taste in the mouth by getting sold for shedloads of cash and taken away from the people who contributed. These licence terms ensure that the site and content can never be "taken away" from you. See Freedom - The Geograph Manifesto http://www.geograph.org.uk/help/freedom
(Developer? http://www.geograph.org.uk/article/Geograph-for-Developers )
- How do I view EXIF details for a photo on Geograph? Close
- Not all submissions have EXIF details attached, some image manipulation software strips the EXIF unless you ask it not too. Some contributors deliberately strip the EXIF as an easy fix to portrait images appearing sideways on the site.
Where it exists you can use a browser add-on to view the EXIF or download the photo (not the smallest version when larger ones are available - the next size up will have it). In Windows right-click on the photo in question and select 'Properties' then 'Details'. On macOS, open the photo in Preview, click on 'Tools' up in the menu bar at the top then select 'Show Inspector' and click on the 'Exif' tab. In Irfanview use the 'Image information' button.
- An image is missing, where can I report it? Close
- Fill in the form here https://www.geograph.org.uk/stuff/image_report_form.php
It may take 24 hours to fix it.
- Are images on Geograph automatically uploaded to Google Earth as well? Close
- No, Google Earth sources its images from Google's own Streetview camera vehicles and from its public photography site, Panoramio. However, there is a green 'kml' button in the footer of every image page which allows you to see the particular image in Google Earth. Similarly, you can download the results of every search as a kml file for display in Google Earth (link near the bottom of the search results page). For an overview of all Geograph kml feeds, see http://www.geograph.org.uk/kml.php .
On the other hand, Geograph images are automatically transferred to Wikimedia, and many are already being used in Wikipedia pages in many languages.
- How do I print photographs directly from Geograph? Close
- You can download any image from Geograph and print it. If larger sizes are available it is best to select the largest for printing purposes. Do read the 'Find out How to reuse this image' page for details on the licensing, crediting and any constraints on reuse.
- How do I find which squares need photographing? Close
- If you are looking for squares to obtain a point, try the coverage maps, and look for green squares; also accessible from that page are various printable checksheets for easy reference in print form. More technical users might enjoy GPX, or Memory Map downloads.
Many of the squares have been captured but only have a few photos; check out the depth map, from which you can find under-represented squares. In the same vein we have a number of maps to show the distribution of photos within a square, usually on a centisquare grid, which divides a grid square into 100 squares, each 100m by 100m.
We have also recently introduced a new map, "Recent Only" this shows recent photos. Help us keep the coverage current by photographing squares without any recent photos (orange or green).
Also look out for Red pin icons around the site, click them to take you to the links page for the location. From that page you can access textual lists of squares in need of photos (as well as direct links to many of the maps on the site).)
- What are my legal rights when taking photographs? Close
- Let's preface this by stating We Are Not Lawyers, and if you have any doubts about your right to take pictures, then you're probably better off not submitting it to us. However, there is a useful guide available which outlines your rights in the UK fairly concisely.
Possibly useful reference: https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/photo-news/uk-photographers-rights-print-them-out-and-keep-them-handy-19949 and http://www.openphotographicsociety.org/shop-and-tools/photographers-rights-uk/rights-card/858-photographers-rights-card-download (very similar)
- I have licensed a larger size than I intended, what should I do? Close
- Use the 'Upload a larger size' link on the photo (or edit) page and submit the size you want (or select the preferred option on the page). This will overwrite the original selection although there may be a brief period when the originally selected size will be available due to caching and the wait before approval.
Be aware that if the very large version has been on the site for a while it may already have been downloaded from the site as a CC licensed image.
Note: if you did not want to license a larger size at all you will need to go through the same process but using an image marginally larger than 640 pixels wide (641 is enough) in order to remove the larger size options.
- How do I get a list of my photos as a CSV? Close
- On the bottom of your profile page, look for "Download: CSV , XML for Excel 2003 of all images".
This has links to download as Comma Separate Values (CSV) or Excel XML format.
These can be opened in spreadsheet software, eg LibreOffice or Micrsoft Excel.
The URL for these downloads looks like this:
For CSV: http://www.geograph.org.uk/export.csv.php?u=XXXX&supp=1&taken=1&submitted=1&hits=1&tags=1
For Excel: http://www.geograph.org.uk/export.excel.xml.php?u=XXXX&supp=1&taken=1&submitted=1&hits=1&tags=1
The parameters specify what is included. The contributor is u=XXXX, where XXXX is the user ID. If you use a link from your own profile, it will include your own ID.
&supp=1 - include photos classed as supplemental
&taken=1 - include taken date
&submitted=1 - include submitted date
&hits=1 - include hit count
&tags=1 - include tags, in a list separated by question marks
&desc=1 - include description
&class=1 - include classification (geograph or supplemental)
&level=1 - include geograph points, eg 1st, 2nd, 3rd
&ll=1 - include latitude and longitude (in separate columns)
&en=1 - include numerical grid reference, in easting and northing, plus figures for precision
&ppos=1 - include photographer position, easting and northing
For more details, see the API help: http://www.geograph.org.uk/help/api#csv
- How can I retrieve pictures from Geograph to replace those lost from my home computer? Close
- You can download your photos from Geograph in the same way anybody else can. In most browsers this involves right-clicking on the image and selecting 'Save image as' or similar, then choosing where to save it on your computer.
If you have licensed a larger size then pick the largest version on the download page.
Geograph does not retain unlicensed larger sizes so, no matter what size original you submitted, you will only be able to download the size you agreed to license.
- Can I find out which of my images have been re-used on other websites? Close
- Geograph itself hasn't got any data on re-use of images downloaded from here. It wouldn't even be possible to determine who downloaded it in most cases. Google image search https://www.google.co.uk/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi is quite good at finding copies of an image elsewhere on the web. Just drag and drop the image onto the search bar. But of course there's no guarantee that it'll find all other instances of each photo.
If you find an interesting website re-using your or other Geograph photos, consider posting it on the forum thread http://www.geograph.org.uk/discuss/index.php?&action=vthread&forum=2&topic=3179
(from a support request sent to http://www.geograph.org.uk/contact.php )
- Do I need to resize my photos before upload? Are there size limits? Close
- You can upload images of any dimensions, portrait or landscape, but the file size needs to be under 8 megabytes. We do resize them so their longest dimension is 640 pixels on the main photo page. Optionally, you can also release larger versions of various sizes for downloading and re-use.
We only accept JPEG encoded images. If you have any image in another format it will need to be converted.
Ideally images shouldn't have a longest dimension of fewer than 480 pixels. While we might accept such images if they hold particular interest, we would really prefer a larger image.
We do record the EXIF headers from your original image, so it is advantageous to upload your original camera image or use image editing software that maintains the EXIF data if you want this information to be kept (but we don't currently make use of the data).
- Is there a table of how many new points I acquire per month? Close
- Yes, there is! And also for many other sorts of time series analysis you may be interested in: http://www.geograph.org.uk/statistics/overtime.php .
You've got the choice of analysing data for Geograph as a whole or just for yourself.
You can download the table in comma-separated value format for further analysis and plotting in external programs.
(Inspired by a question asked on the forum http://www.geograph.org.uk/discuss/index.php?&action=vthread&forum=18&topic=13062&dontcount=1&page=0#1 by Anthony V and answered by barryhunter.)
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