Uploading images to RADAR is a great way to showcase your work – particularly if the record is describing a practice based output such as an exhibition or an artefact. If you have ever wondered exactly what images you can make openly available on RADAR then hopefully this blog will help.
So, what kinds of images can you upload to RADAR?
You can upload, for example: images of your drawings and paintings or photos of your exhibitions and artefacts – basically if it helps potential users understand the work you are describing feel free to add it to RADAR. We do, however, prefer original images are added to the repository – so it’s best not to add scans of book sections or front covers of publications because publishers rarely allow us to make them publicly available.
The GSA preference is for images to be uploaded as JPEGs but RADAR can handle a wide range of formats including TIFF, PNG or BMP.
You should also consider who owns the copyright of the images before you upload them.
If you own the copyright of the images you want to upload you can make them available without any restrictions, however, you may want to add Creative Commons licenses to the images so users of your work know what they can and cannot do with them. You can read more about creative commons licenses in our blog post ‘Creative commons licenses explained.’
What do you do if you don’t own the copyright?
If you do not own the copyright of the image you wish to upload to RADAR you will need to identify who owns the copyright and seek their permission to use it. It’s important to note that the © symbol does not need to be displayed on an image for it to exist. For example, if an image you want to upload has already been used on the GSA website this doesn’t mean it is in the public domain and can be freely re-used.
A good place to find creative commons images that you can re-use in your work and upload to places like RADAR is the creative commons site:
Their search function connects you to many reliable sources of CC licensed material which you can use in your work without infringing copyright.
We should also mention that uploading images to RADAR means they will appear in our carousel!
Once you have added images to RADAR they will appear in the RADAR image carousel which randomly selects and displays different images from RADAR on the homepage – so keep an eye out for your images the next time you’re using RADAR!
If you have any queries about adding images to RADAR please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog by adding your email address to the ‘follow our blog via email’ option on the menu on the right.