GIF It Up
This year in association with Trove.
15 October 2015
Trove is pleased to announce that we are participating in the GIF It Up competition hosted by our friends at Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and DigitalNZ. We’re encouraging Trove users to take an image they find in Trove, animate it and enter the competition!
What’s a GIF?
A GIF is an image file that has been briefly animated and runs on a continuous loop. Here are some of the winners from last year’s competition
There are some great prizes on offer, including a Giphoscope and $25 Amazon gift certificates. It’s a terrific way to increase your exposure if you’re a budding digital artist, build your digital skills if you’re not, and bring history to life.
To enter GIF It Up you need to start with an image that is:
- in the public domain
- has a ‘no known copyright restrictions’ statement
- has a Creative Commons license which allows for re-use.
A great place to start looking for re-usable material for your GIF is the Collections available for Re-use page.
For a quick rundown on how to turn your favourite image into a moving gif, check out the tutorials on the competition’s Resources page.
You can enter up to three separate Gifs, using still images or video. Entries are accepted between 12 October and 21 November, check out the Submission page for more detail. If you start with a Trove image, make sure you send @TroveAustralia a tweet with the hashtag #gifitup and we will happily publicise your creations as well.
A final word on Re-Use, Copyright and Licensing
While not every image you find in Trove is cleared for re-use, lots of them are. Tim highlighted the importance of copyright and licensing in a blog post earlier this year – Untangling access. To re-use an image in GIF It Up it needs to be out of copyright, or have a licence that permits re-use.
Our content partners have helped identify 32 collections in Trove that are all ok for re-use in the competition. You can find these in our Trove List: GIF It Up. The list contains only collections that are okay to re-use in the competition, and can also be re-used in other contexts, from a family historian writing a blog post to a teacher putting together a classroom activity.
[Post authored by Trove team member Julia]