How To Search, Use And Attribute Photos And Images From Wiki Commons In Hubs
This hub has been specially written as a guide for new hubbers who would like to incorporate images, available on Wikimedia Commons, in their hubs.
Wikimedia commons is the largest free images resource and especially for public domain images.
Though it is best to use ones’ own photos it is not possible many times due to a number of reasons.
Hubpages and Google are very particular about others’ images being used correctly by way of proper attribution to the author of the image, incorporation of the license and the image source (URL).
This hub will focus on the correct way to find and incorporate these images from Wikimedia commons.
To use an image or photo there are basically 2 steps :
1. Searching for the image/photo which can be used for a commercial write up. Hubs are commercial write ups as they display ads from which the hubber earns money.
2. After locating the image/photo that one wants to incorporate in the hub, it is necessary that, images that are legally available for use are used and proper attribution to the author is ensured.
It should be borne in mind that though images on Wikimedia Commons are free for commercial use they need to be correctly attributed.
Go to the Wikimedia commons home page at this link http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
As picture 1 below shows
Click on Images in the choices on top right which will open up the page as shown in picture 2 below.
In the search box type the keyword for the picture you are looking for and hit enter.
I will take the example of the ‘raspberry’ keyword for this hub. A page like in picture 3 opens up.
Now select whichever image you like so that it opens as in picture 4 below
(I will click on the 2nd image for purposes of demonstration).
You will see that this opens up the images’ main URL page. To the right of the image you can see a list of options in which this file (image) can be used.
We are concerned with the first two options on the list.
The 1st option is for Downloading the image to the photo capsule.
The 2nd option is to enter details of the Page URL, and Attribution to the author.
Click on the 1st option on top of the list.
A box opens up as in the picture 5 below. Scroll to the bottom of the box and you will be given the option to download the image in various sizes (circled in red by me). If you prefer you can download the image size of your choice and save it to the computer from where you can upload it to the photo capsule
You can import the image directly from the web -
- By clicking the import button which is at the top on the left hand side of the photo capsule and pasting the File URL in the box given there.
For importing the image to the photo capsule, keep the hub open in edit mode in another tab and add the photo capsule. Open the photo capsule in edit mode.
Import the image by pasting the File URL in the box as explained above.
Click the import button at the bottom of the list of URL boxes on the left.
Within a few seconds the required image is uploaded to the photo capsule, as in picture 6 below.
Keep this photo capsule in open in edit mode, as now you will have to fill in the source and attribution details.
Now click on the 2nd option “Use this file on the web”. This opens up the page as in picture 7 below
You can see here that information pertaining to the Page URL (in the top most box) is already highlighted. Right click this to select.
Go to the photo capsule which you kept open in step 6.
Paste this page URL in the "source URL" box.
Again go to the same page and copy the attribution and paste it in the "name of the source".
Though attribution of this image is not required as the image is in public domain, it is better to attribute it so that it becomes a habit.
The photo capsule in the edit mode would appear like this in picture 8 below, after typing "Raspberries" in the capsule subtitle box on top.
In the caption box I will type "Red Raspberry".
See picture 8.
After filling all the details, save the photo capsule. You have now correctly attributed the photo to the author and its source.
Once you have saved the photo capsule, the final look of the photo will be like in picture 9 below
To a new hubber the entire process of incorporating an image might appear very daunting. But believe me it will be a breeze once you do it a few times.
There are other sites also where you can find photos for commercial use, like on hubs. Each site has a slightly different way of attribution.
Attribution is a way no doubt of making the use of images in our hubs justifiable to Google & Hubpages. But it is also a way to appreciate, respect and credit the author for using his work.
We, as writers, would not like anyone to use our written work to be used without attribution at the least. Similarly, it is our moral duty to ensure that we do the same to others that we expect of them.
I would like to thank the author, Wikimedia commons & Hubpages for the material used in this hub.
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© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly