We ask all contributors:
- to ensure that any images and metadata they contribute are 'theirs to give' and do not breach someone else's copyright;
While we prefer to receive images in electronic form, we are able to scan hardcopy if required. The following guidelines should be followed when contributing micrographs and metadata to the Library:
- Micrograph images should be well focused.
- Images should be of adequate spatial resolution. Our full size images are typically 500x500 pixels in size, with JPEG/PNG/GIF files ranging in size between 50 and 300KB due to image content. We are happy to receive higher resolution images which we can resize, but we cannot accept images of significantly lower resolution.
- Images should be greyscaled unless colour adds useful information. (We can convert colour images to greyscale if required.)
- We prefer JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) or PNG (.png) files in most cases. GIF files are acceptable if 256 colours or shades of grey is adequate, e.g. for SEM images. We can also accept TIFF (.tif or .tiff) files and convert them.
- It is essential to supply metadata for each micrograph. Although many fields are optional, we ask that you complete as many as possible (where appropriate). This improves searching for specific items in the Library, and reduces the likelihood of micrographs being misinterpreted. We prefer that metadata is supplied by entering it into the Excel spreadsheet we provide.
Please note that DoITPoMS reserves the following rights:
- To not include micrograph images and metadata that do not meet the requirements described above.
- To not include micrographs that effectively duplicate those already in the Library. Contact us first if you would like to check this before contributing.
- To modify micrograph images where necessary by cropping, resizing and adding standardised marker bars.
- To edit metadata for length and style to meet the requirements of the Library.
Micrographs and metadata can be sent to us either as attachments to an email, or, if the amount of data makes this unfeasible, on a zip disk or CD-Rom sent to:
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
University of Cambridge
Please contact us if you would like to contribute micrographs to the Library, or would like any more information about how to do so.