Guide to REALIA Project Digital Images
How to select images
REALIA seeks high-quality images which will be useful to instructors. Images contributed should:
have strong cultural or language content: depict a cultural subject or topic of interest and that could be used in a classroom
Sample image subjects
- daily life in a foreign country
- signs, placards, graffiti and other cultural objects using the target language
- important or typical buildings, places or people
- food and drink
- scans of ticket stubs and other "found objects" that are uniue to a country or culture
- be at least 1200 x 1600 pixels in dimension
- be in JPEG (preferred) or TIFF format less than 20MB in size each
- approximate their true vertical and horizontal alignment (please rotate the images if necessary), and have unflattering or distracting elements cropped out
- should reflect color as accurately as possible and utilize the best contrast for conveying information. Excessive saturation of one color, tinting, and overly dark or light areas can be corrected in most photo editing software.
Images to avoid
Images for the REALIA Project need to respect copyright and, in general, be usable in instructional contexts.
How to grant permission to the project to distribute
Images contributed to REALIA must be done provided with the approval of the copyright owner. Accordingly, the copyright owner must sign an return a copyright release form, which grants the project permission to distribute the images under the terms described in the form. A copy of the form can be found here: http://realiaproject.org/docs/REALIA_Release_form.pdf
How to describe the images
All images must contain text for these fields in order to be contributed to the REALIA database.
|Title||Supply a brief desciptive title in English; use uppercase for initial word and no period at the end, e.g.: "Ice cream seller"|
|Vernacular title||Translate the title. Use uppercase for initial word and no period at the end.|
When describing your images, be as specific as
possible about the location and cultural content. Use complete sentences
with uppercase initial word and period at end. Examples:
|Vernacular description||Translate the description. Use complete sentences with uppercase initial word and period at end.|
|Date||Date of original image capture; yyyy-mm-dd format (i.e. 2002-06-30 or, if your only know the month: 2002-06, or, if you only know the year: 2002)|
These descriptive fields are not required under most circumstances; please familiarize yourself with them, however.
|Photographer||Usually leave blank. Include only if you the contributor are NOT the photographer, in the format 'Lastname, Firstname'|
|Pedagogical application||How do you use the image in your teaching? Why did you capture this image? Describe teacher and student related activities. Use complete sentences with uppercase initial word and period at end. Examples:
|References||Include the full URL of a related website or an MLA formatted citation of a related print work.|
|Contributor set name||This is an optional field. Contributor may name a subset of his/her images, e.g. for 10 images of 'La Ville de Lyon' or 40 images of: 'French Architecture: Castles and Cathedrales'|
Use this field to link groups of images that only need one full description; i.e. front
view/back view of single building or monument; a series of images of "riding the metro",
or a pamphlet that consists of several separately scanned pages.
|Contributor filename||This is an optional field. If you wish to maintain your original filename in the REALIA database, input it here.|