Template:Information

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description
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Please give full information for the date, source and author fields. The date of a photograph must be when the original photograph was created, and not the date of upload, nor the date of any scan or other derivative action. If the photographic image has been modified please give author, date and license for each modification. Please use template {{Artwork}} if the image is of a painting, sculpture or other artwork and {{Book}} if the image is a part of a complete set of page scans of a book (or in the case of DjVu and PDF, one file may comprise all the page).

This template is used to provide formatting to the basic information for files (file content, license, authorship information etc.). This template is automatically inserted by the Javascript-aided upload tool too.

For a full usage description of the template, see Commons:First steps/Quality and description.

Usage

{{Information
|description=
|date=
|source=
|author=
|permission=
|other_versions=
|other_fields=
}}

Parameters

Parameter name Description Default value required or optional?

description Description of the image (or other file) (using multilingual templates like {{en}})

Remember that your image can be found and used without context of other files you uploaded and at other pages than you used it and for different reasons or details. The description should contain all basic objective indications (including location if it is a depiction or recording of a real subject or event). Wikilinks are high recommended to be used. To allow fulltext searching, also clearly visible file content should be closely described verbally.

A parameter of location coordinates (for image files depicting real places) is not included in "Information" template yet. Template {{location}} (for camera location and heading, preferred) and/or {{subject location}} (for the depicted subject, if needed – especially in case of zoomed or cuted-out photo of a distant subject) should be used. There are several ways how to place it. Some users prefer to add the Location template next to the Information template, some user prefer to nest it into the "description" field of the Information template.

empty required
date Date of creation, when the original source (such as photograph of 3-D scene, digital file, or original 2-D artwork) was created. Possible formats:
  • in ISO 8601 format, e.g. "2006-01-15" for "15 January 2006". Dates following this format are processed by {{ISOdate}}. The following formats are recognized:
    • YYYY
    • YYYY-MM
    • YYYY-MM-DD
    • YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm
    • YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss
  • using {{date}}, {{other date}}, {{ISOdate}}, {{taken on}} or some of other date templates
  • For photos, there exist special templates {{Taken on}} (if there is need to distinguish from the creation date of the depicted work) and {{According to EXIF data}} (if the real date of taken is unknown or unstated). Those templates use ISO format (e. g. {{Taken on|YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm}}, {{According to EXIF data|YYYY-MM-DD}}
  • If the creation date of a file moved from other project is unknown, {{Original upload date}} can be used - this template should be also used (in addition) if the first publication date (outside Commons) is relevant in relation to copyright. This template also use the ISO format.
  • If the image depicts a real subject, its creation date can be stated in addition to the date of the depiction. For files depicting an artwork, date of creation of the artwork can be stated in {{Artwork}} template which contains also many other fields.
  • If the file is a modified or derivative work, both date of the original (source) work and date of the last version (derivative work) should be stated with appropriate comments or notes.
  • If needed, the date has to be furnished with some other specifying text (e. g. "date of creation", "date of the first publication", "date of modification" etc.) – if you use such text specification or more dates, the pure ISO format is unusable and some of the date templates is (are) needed.

"Date = 2008-06-09" is equivalent with "Date = {{date|2008|6|9}}", but extra text requires something like "Date = {{Taken on|2008-06-09}}" or "Date = {{other date|circa|2008-06-09}}" or "Date = panorama created on {{Date|2008|06|09}}".

empty required
source information about where the file is from (own files should be tagged with {{own}}); if the file is derived work, the original work(s) should be designated empty required
author original author of the file; where appropriate, use {{Creator:Name Surname}} with {{Creator}}. If the work is derived, the author of the original (e. g. depicted or retouched) work should be mentioned as well. empty required
permission license information, eventually other usage limitations and warnings blank field presented as: "⧼wm-license-information-permission-see-below⧽" optional
other_versions links to files with very similar content or derived files; use thumbnails or <gallery></gallery>. empty optional
other_fields Additional table fields (in [escaped] wiki syntax). You can use {{Information field}} to populate this field. empty optional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the File namespace

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users

Relies on:
Template:ISOdate

Localization

This template is localized by utilizing MediaWiki namespace messages. These can be translated at translatewiki.net (current translations).

Example usage

Example for photograph

For example the source code of the description of photograph File:Piers Sellers spacewalk.jpg is:

{{Information
|Description=
{{de|Astronaut [[:de:Piers John Sellers|Piers Sellers]] bei einem Außenbordeinsatz während der Space-Shuttle-Mission [[:de:STS-121|STS-121]], bei dem er Reparaturtechniken für den Hitzeschutzschild der Raumfähre testet. Der Außenbordeinsatz dauerte 7 Stunden und 11 Minuten.}}
{{en|Astronaut [[w:Piers Sellers|Piers Sellers]] during the third spacewalk of STS-121, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques.}}
{{fr|L'astronaute [[:fr:Piers Sellers|Piers Sellers]] durant sa troisième sortie dans l'espace au cours du vol STS-121, une démonstration des techniques de réparation du bouclier thermique.}}
{{it|L'astronauta [[:it:Piers Sellers|]] durante la terza camminata nello spazio nel corso della missione STS-121 mentre esegue un test di riparazione delle mattonelle rinforzate carbonio-carbonio dello Shuttle.}}
{{nds|De Astronaut [[Piers Sellers]] de drüdde Kehr, dat he mit’n Ruumantog in’n apen Weltruum togang weer. Sellers wiest Reparaturtechniken för den Hittschild von’n Orbiter.}}
{{ru|Астронавт [[:ru:Селлерс, Пирс Джон|Пирс Селлерс]] во время третьего выхода в открытый космос (STS-121) при ремонте орбитального теплового экрана.}}
{{fi|Astronautti [[:fi:Piers Sellers|Piers Sellers]] avaruussukkulalento STS-121:n kolmannella avaruuskävelyllä. Avaruuskävelyn tehtävänä oli kokeilla sukkulan lämpökilven korjaustekniikoita.}} 
|Source=[http://www.nasa.gov/news/highlights/index.html NASA News & Events] - http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/121_gallery/hi-resjpgs/14.jpg, from http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/121_gallery/index_noaccess.html
|Date=2006-07-12
|Author=NASA, Astronaut [[w:Michael E. Fossum|Michael Edward Fossum]]
|Permission={{PD-USGov-NASA}}
|other_versions=
}}

The code above produces the following information table:

description
Deutsch: Astronaut Piers Sellers bei einem Außenbordeinsatz während der Space-Shuttle-Mission STS-121, bei dem er Reparaturtechniken für den Hitzeschutzschild der Raumfähre testet. Der Außenbordeinsatz dauerte 7 Stunden und 11 Minuten.
English: Astronaut Piers Sellers during the third spacewalk of STS-121, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques.
français : L'astronaute Piers Sellers durant sa troisième sortie dans l'espace au cours du vol STS-121, une démonstration des techniques de réparation du bouclier thermique.
italiano: L'astronauta Piers Sellers durante la terza camminata nello spazio nel corso della missione STS-121 mentre esegue un test di riparazione delle mattonelle rinforzate carbonio-carbonio dello Shuttle.
Plattdüütsch: De Astronaut Piers Sellers de drüdde Kehr, dat he mit’n Ruumantog in’n apen Weltruum togang weer. Sellers wiest Reparaturtechniken för den Hittschild von’n Orbiter.
русский: Астронавт Пирс Селлерс во время третьего выхода в открытый космос (STS-121) при ремонте орбитального теплового экрана.
suomi: Astronautti Piers Sellers avaruussukkulalento STS-121:n kolmannella avaruuskävelyllä. Avaruuskävelyn tehtävänä oli kokeilla sukkulan lämpökilven korjaustekniikoita.
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12 July 2006(2006-07-12)

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NASA News & Events - http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/121_gallery/hi-resjpgs/14.jpg, from http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/121_gallery/index_noaccess.html

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NASA, Astronaut Michael Edward Fossum

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Public domain This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA. NASA copyright policy states that "NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted". (See Template:PD-USGov, NASA copyright policy page or JPL Image Use Policy.)

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Warnings:

Example other_fields

Example using the other_fields parameter to display a credit line:

{{Information
| Description  = description
| Source       = {{own}}
| Author       = John Doe
| Date         = 2008-06-09
| Other_fields = {{Credit line |Author = © John Doe | Other = Wikimedia Commons |License = CC-BY-3.0 & GFDL}}
}}

will produce:

description

description

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9 June 2008(2008-06-09)

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⧼Wm-license-own-work⧽

⧼wm-license-information-author⧽

John Doe

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⧼wm-license-cc-attribution⧽
(required by the license)

© John Doe / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-3.0 & GFDL

Recommendations

For many media it is desirable to use a geocoding template in addition to the Information template.

Microformat

This template also emits an hCalendar microformat marking the creation of the image as an event. To do this, it requires the {{Date}} template, and takes the file name as the "summary" property. Optionally, it can include the {{Creator}} as an attendee and an hCard microformat, and use the contents of {{Description}} as the hCalendar's "description" property. Coordinates may be included by use of {{Location}}, {{Location dec}} or {{Object location}}.


See also