On Fri, Oct 07, 2005 at 07:12:35PM +0000, Brian Cochran wrote:
> I'm a crime scene investigator and have beeen investigating the use of
> Inkscape for crime scene sketching. Has anyone else done this? It has all
> of the features that the high end programs do. I can not find any open
> source libraries of crime scene symbols to use with it though. I have
> begun compliing a libray myself. If no one out there has an open source
> one I will continue. It will have a large number of files and I would like
> to make it available in one download. The clip art area would not be
> approaite due to the large number of files. Any suggestions?
Very cool, sounds like a great use for Inkscape. :-)
This is the definitely the first I've heard of people using it for crime
scene sketching, so I'm not surprised that there has been a lack of
symbols until yours.
We tend to encourage everything be submitted to the clipart library, but
can give you some additional options if that's not appropriate.
The advantages of submitting them to the clipart library are that it is
a straightforward way for others to contribute more symbols, adjust the
images to work in a wider variety of programs, and so forth. The
clipart library is also included on a wide number of Linux
distributions, so this would make your symbols easily available to a
very wide audience.
For large submissions, the library accepts zip files and tarball
packages, which can be a bit easier to upload. You include a metadata
file with your name and so forth, so we can make sure you get credit for
However, for some people it is not feasible to contribute. First, the
library requires all submissions be Public Domain; some people want to
provide their work under specific license criteria (such as GPL, etc.)
Also, sometimes symbols are trademarked (like logos). The clipart
library can't accept those, since everything must be clear PD.
Also, sometimes people are planning to make rapid revisions to the
artwork, in which case it can be cumbersome to manage through the
current clipart library interface. In this case, it can make sense to
provide it as a separate package, with the possibility of merging it in
Anyway, while I'd really encourage you to contribute it to the clipart
library, I would be more than happy to help you set it up as a separate
download from the Inkscape site. I can give you access so you can post
updated packages directly, too, if you'd like.
Let me know how you'd like to go.