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From Ian Lynch <>
Subject Re: Clipart library
Date Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:00:25 GMT
On 10 September 2012 12:26, Jürgen Schmidt <> wrote:
> On 9/10/12 12:39 PM, Ian Lynch wrote:
>> On 10 September 2012 08:01, Shenfeng Liu <> wrote:
>>> 2012/9/10 Jürgen Schmidt <>
>>>> On 9/9/12 11:36 PM, Ian Lynch wrote:
>>>>> On 3 September 2012 02:19, Kevin Grignon <>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> KG03 - see comments inline
>>>>>> On Aug 31, 2012, at 4:12 PM, Ian Lynch <>
>>>>>>> On 31 August 2012 02:20, Kevin Grignon <>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>> KG02 -see comments inline.
>>>>>>>> On Friday, August 31, 2012 <x-apple-data-detectors://45>,
Ian Lynch
>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>> On 30 August 2012 09:57, Kevin Grignon <
>>>> <javascript:;>>
>>>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> KG01 - see comments inline.
>>>>>>>>>> On Aug 30, 2012, at 4:51 PM, Ian Lynch <
>>>> <javascript:;>>
>>>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>> I'm organising the Open clipart library into
categories. We could
>>>> use
>>>>>>>>>>> this then as a useful resource to complement
>>>>>>>>>> KG01 - This adds a lot of value. Ideally we could
aim to align the
>>>>>>>>> information architecture for the categorization. This
would allow
>>>> users to
>>>>>>>>> leverage the existing knowledge when browse in each library.
>>>>>>>>>>> Any thoughts about
>>>>>>>>>>> the best way to implement making the categorised
library available
>>>> to
>>>>>>>>>>> the community?
>>>>>>>>>> KG01 - it would be great to explore ways to make
the open clip art
>>>> more
>>>>>>>>> accessible/discoverable within AoO clipart view. Some
>>>> integration
>>>>>>>>> could enable pulling clipart into editors, or pushing
an image from
>>>> an
>>>>>>>>> editor to the open library.
>>>>>>>>>> While we could create a plug-in, it would be a better
unified ux if
>>>> we
>>>>>>>>> integrate open clip art and local clipart in one UI.
>>>>>>>>> At present I'm just going through all the folders from
>>>>>>>>> and putting them into arbitrary folders labelled Animals,
>>>>>>>>> Transport, Food etc. This is because each contributor
simply puts
>>>>>>>>> often unconnected files in a folder so images on
>>>>>>>>> grouped by author not type (unless I'm missiong something
:-) ).
>>>> While
>>>>>>>>> there are some aggregations and an on-line indexing system
on the
>>>>>>>>> site I haven't found it particularly
easy to find
>>>>>>>>> things. It seems easier to me to have a folder called
eg Animals
>>>>  with
>>>>>>>>> sub folders for birds, insects, mammals, perhaps with
subdivisions of
>>>>>>>>> cartoon and realistic in each. There are png and svg
versions of each
>>>>>>>>> image. Ideally we'll get import of svg to AOO so that
these can be
>>>>>>>>> edited or resaved in odg or odg will develop to be fully
>>>> compliant
>>>>>>>>> but I guess that is further down the development road.
Once we have
>>>>>>>>> the categories established they could be embedded in
the AOO gallery
>>>>>>>>> system and anyone wanting to could add to the library
to complement
>>>>>>>>> missing items. Probably helpful for the OpenClipArt project
>>>> There
>>>>>>>>> really are masses of images to sort through but a lot
of duplicates -
>>>>>>>>> millions of pencils and pens :-) This is why a visual
search of a
>>>>>>>>> folder called pens is probably going to be more successful
>>>> trying
>>>>>>>>> to search for key words.
>>>>>>>> KG02 - yes, it would be great to clean this up
>>>>>>>>> So at the moment I propose to plough on sorting the images
>>>>>>>>> hopefully when they are done someone (perhaps you kevin
:-) ) Who
>>>>>>>>> knows more about how the UX can work with the imagescan
help make it
>>>>>>>>> easy to integrate into the gallery.
>>>>>>>> KG02 - This is an interesting consideration.  When we think
>>>> social,
>>>>>>>> we need to apply the social integration to the context of
>>>>>>>> productivity.  I feel that social clip art is a great example
>>>> future
>>>>>>>> capabilities.
>>>>>>>> KG02 - I will include this scenario in the social design
>>>>>>> Once I have finished first iteration of sorting I'll send you
>>>>>>> details so you can see what we have.
>>>>>> KG03 - Ian, great job. Ya, reach out to me when your further along.
>>>> the interim, I'll capture a clipart social scenario.
>>>>> I have put the sorted clip art in a zip file in my public drop box folder
>>>>> Snag is it is 360 meg! So not sure what is the best approach for
>>>>> dealing with it. Could probably do with further sorting but at least
>>>>> there is a good start so anyone could refine it to their particular
>>>>> needs much more quickly than starting from scratch.
>>>> I think we probably don't want bundle it with AOO directly. I can think
>>>> of an extended gallery implementation where it is possible to hook
>>>> online galleries as well.
>>> +1 (for Clipart as well as Template). AOO should provide a kind of
>>> capability (with extensions) to easily search or browse the online
>>> resources. It is another perspective of Cloud/Social Integration value.
>>> - Simon
>>>> Ok in case of OpenClipart it raises the question how it should be
>>>> organized/presented to our users. But allowing access to the online
>>>> resources will guarantee that we are up-to-date.
>>>> Juergen
>> I was looking at LibreO implementation of OpenClipart in the gallery.
>> Its organised by author name so that doesn't seem to me very helpful.
>> I have been talking to the people and what I had was
>> an old archive - the most up to date is over 1 Gig compressed. That is
>> far too big to include in a standard distribution download although it
>> could be incorporated with a DVD distribution. The snag with an
>> on-line only library is that it will raise a barrier to some people.
>> So maybe consider a smaller subset of the most popular images in a
>> "standardised set" of gallery themes. 50 would be able to cover a wide
>> range of the most popular topics. AOO only comes with 4 populated
>> graphics themes and 1 sound. Let's say 5 meg of images distributed
>> across those themes and maybe then people can add to those themes
>> having got a start. They can always add or remove themes as they like.
>> We could devise an "up date" themes option that would then provide the
>> option to select further images from an on-line source, perhaps
>> itself and automatically filter them into the
>> appropriate galleries or access them as needed on-line.
> we should then start with working on this, shouldn't we. We have for
> example some nice new galleries available from Symphony that we can
> integrate easily. And the next step is to define how online galleries
> could be integrated. For example favorite images can be stored locally
> to provide offline usage etc. or you can mark images as favorites to
> easy navigate over them even in a big online gallery. Many open
> questions how it can be integrated best without breaking the user
> experience.
>> Next job I'll do is define 50 themes and populate them with some of
>> the most popular images to see how that pans out. Even if we don't use
>> this with the main download, a distribution project (if we get one
>> going) could produce a DVD iso for down load with a set of extras not
>> included in the basic distribution download like with the old OOo
>> distribution project.
> The question is how it is integrated in the office. Do you want to make
> it available as one big extension or 1 oxt for every theme? Both is fine
> for me but I would keep as extensions and not bundled.

Talking with the OpenClipart people they have direct links from OC.o
to Inkscape. I'm wondering if that is a better or complementary
approach? Do we want dependency on the OC.o project or keep
independence? If they organise under a different set of theme titles
will that cause confusion? If we call a theme "Halloween" or "Ghosts"
there will be overlap. Its the snag with searching on the svg
metadata, its not always obvious from the graphic title what it is or
whether it is useful. Scanning a page of images and picking one by eye
can be easier and it seems to me that AOO users used to the gallery
and themes will be more used to that approach. That's why I was
thinking about a combination. More gallery themes with a selection of
images immediately available as soon as you install the basic download
but with options to either add to that or link to the full
database and search it from within AOO. Defining a new set of gallery
themes and adding some images is easy. I can do that. Programming
links to OC.o is more complicated and beyond what I could do and also
depends to an extent on that project.

> Juergen


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