Digital Consciousness frequently asked questions
What is Digital Consciousness?

What is the optimal size, format, resolution for uploading images?

How did you pick the name?

How is the image on the home page selected?

How does one obtain galleries?

Can I use my galleries for commercial purposes?

Does the artist retain the copyright to images on Digital Consciousness?

Can the images be downloaded?

What is the Internet Publishing Robot?

What are the Digital Color Awards?

How does the Database work?

What are the Artist Pages?

How does one edit an Artist Page?

What is Digital Consciousness News?

How does the search facility work?

What is the Digital Consciousness Internet Directory?

How can we contact Digital Consciousness?
What is Digital Consciousness?
Digital Consciousness is a public database of contemporary art. It contains biographies and artwork of emerging and established artists working in diverse media and styles. It administers a monthly on-line art contest, an art directory and an arts bulletin board.


What is the optimal size, format and resolution for uploading images?
Size: The optimal size for viewers using 17" monitors is about 400 pixels in width.
Format: jpg, jpeg and gifs are accepted. Sometimes a file has a .jpg or other acceptable extention but is mislabeled and is not truely in an acceptable format. In such cases the image may not upload properly.
Resolution: A resolution returned with a 50k file size is more than adequate. Files of more than 250k in file size do not upload automatically. These resoultions are significantly lower than a printed work, but look just as good as higher resolution images on a monitor and load faster.


How did you pick the name?
The name was chosen because of the truly phenomenal reach of new technology. Art, an extension of consciousness, can now be reduced to bits and bytes to be viewed over the Internet no matter in what medium it was originally created. This is the birth of digital consciousness.


How is the image on the home page selected?
The image is selected by the following process: First, an artist is chosen at random from among those who have DC galleries that meet high artistic standards. Next an image is picked at random from those in the DC galleries of that artist and a thumbnail of that image is created for display. The image changes each time the page is refreshed.


How does one obtain galleries?
To sign up for Gallery Service, one must first register. Registration is free and provides users with an Artist Page and a password. Users then click on the edit link at the very bottom of their Artist Page and enter the password. If they have Gallery Service they will then be able to operate the Internet Publishing Robot (IPR) through a control panel to make up to 20 galleries. Gallery Service can be purchased through Digital Galleries.


Can I use my galleries for commercial purposes?
Yes, you can use your galleries for commercial purposes. The World Wide Web has become the most efficient and cost-effective means of making information about art available to collectors. We encourage artists to use this powerful medium. There is no commission on artwork sold through Digital Consciousness galleries.


Does the artist retain the copyright to images on Digital Consciousness?
Yes. Copyright exists for all original works. Artwork is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form so that it is perceptible. For example, as soon as you draw or paint a picture on paper or canvas, your artwork receives copyright protection. For artwork created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection will endure for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. Artists retain the copyright to their images with or without the copyright notice or registration unless contractual arrangements are made to the contrary. Display of images on Digital Consciousness does not alter the copyright.


Can the images be downloaded?
Yes. Download of these images from the Internet is inevitable, and with proper attribution it is welcome. The google image search robot, for example, regularly caches images from Digital Consciousness Artist Pages. It displays them with the notice "This image might be copyrighted," and a link to the Digital Consciousness Artist Page that displays the copyright symbol, the current year, and the name of the artist registering the work, along with the biography of the artist.

Digital Consciousness does not contain javascript that blocks a broswer from copying images. Javascript can be disabled (try it; with java script turned off many sites load faster), or print screen can be used to bypass the browser altogether. This can be done so easily javascript download protection is illusory. It may also discourage a person, or rebuff a robot that would otherwise permissibly copy an image and provide helpful exposure. Digital Consciousness seeks fine artists whose work cannot be reproduced from low resolution images. These artists are encouraged to upload photographs of their work of less than 75k in file size for recognition and publicity purposes. Such images constitute the majority of the images on the site. They look great on a monitor and stimulate interest in the originals or high resolution prints, but one cannot make higher resolution images from them.


What is the Internet Publishing Robot?
The Internet Publishing Robot (IPR) is a set of programs used to publish text and images from a large group of people. The programs are written in php and work by storing and retrieving data from a mysql database. The programs run on a UNIX server running Apache.

DC and its artists use the IPR to publish images on the Internet. Through the IPR a registered artist can edit their Artist Page, an artist with gallery service can add galleries and modify existing galleries, and anyone with store service can offer services or goods for sale. The IPR can generate dynamic pages reflecting the current state of the database. On DC these include the home page, the database page and the artist list.

The IPR also handles registration, password and archiving functions. It supports bulletin boards, guestbooks, nomination and voting contests, directories and search facilities, all of which are used by DC. It also provides for email, subscription and other functions pertaining to newsletters and message forwarding.


What are the Digital Color Awards?
The Digital Color Awards provide recognition for outstanding contemporary artists. It has accepted nominations for and granted monthly awards since September 1999. Artwork of the nominees that is exhibited on Digital Consciousness and elsewhere on the Internet is judged by a jury. The winner is announced on the 23rd of each month through the Digital Consciousness newsletter and other media. The winner is entitled to free gallery service from Digital Consciousness for one year. This includes gallery hosting and access to the Internet Publishing Robot. The work of the winning artist is featured on the Digital Color Artist of the Month page for a month and thereafter in the Permanent Gallery of Digital Color Winners. Nominations made through the 9th of the month are accepted for the following month. Nominations made after the 9th are accepted for the month after that.
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How does the Database work?
The database lists the galleries in which registered artists are shown, the awards they win and the progress of their careers. The entire database is searchable by artist name, or part of it, or by keyword or phrase. Portions of the database are from time to time compiled into separately themed read only pages. These are terrific for general browsing.


What are the Artist Pages?
Our programs automatically construct a web page for each registered artist. Registration is open to all artists and free of charge. Artists choose a password. With their password they can use an Edit link to upload a new image to their page or update the information it contains.


How does one edit an Artist Page?
To edit your Artist Page, use the link at the bottom of the Artist Page. The link is in the dark gray background under the light gray table. It is purposely inconspicuous so as not to distract the viewers. The link takes you to a password entry page where you may enter your password, or have it e-mailed to you if you have forgotten it.


What is Digital Consciousness News?
Digital Consciousness News reports on the Digital Color winners and the new work of our registered artists and the growth of the database and directory. It is archived on the site and is e-mailed to subscribers once a month.


How does the search facility work?
DC stores the virtually continuous public input into DC in a structured database. The data includes new and updated biographical information on the Artist Pages, the provenance of paintings in the galleries, nominations for the Digital Color Award, messages in the bulletin board, notes in the guestbook and product descriptions in the store. The Search Center offers the user a choice of database searches, each operating on a different part of the database. The database searches are efficient. They are case insensitive and will find material containing the sought after word or name even if one only inputs a portion of it. The results are returned five items at a time.

If you are searching for information about an artist, consider posting what information you have on the bulletin board. Similarly, an owner of a work of art who is seeking more information about its creator may register the artist with DC (if the artist is not already registered) and upload a photograph of the artwork. This way, the next person who searches for the artist may find these contributions and make contact.

DC also contains some older information outside of the structured database. Most of this matter may be robotically searched by directory searchs which are also accessed through the Search Center.


What is the Digital Consciousness Internet Directory?
We edit an Internet Directory. It is a continuously updated listing of art related content on the Internet. It covers museums, artist listings and galleries. The body of the directory is compiled by human editors from a review of sites submitted and sites they discover.


How can we contact Digital Consciousness?
The best way to contact us is by e-mail. Use the email link in the menu below. You may also call: 818-880-5483
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