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Please give full information for the date, source and author fields. The date of a photograph must be when the original photograph was created, and not the date of upload, nor the date of any scan or other derivative action. If the photographic image has been modified please give author, date and license for each modification. Please use template Template:Tl if the image is of a painting, sculpture or other artwork and Template:Tl if the image is a part of a complete set of page scans of a book (or in the case of DjVu and PDF, one file may comprise all the pages).

This template is used to provide formatting to the basic information for files (file content, license, authorship information etc.). This template is automatically inserted by the JavaScript-aided upload tool too.

For a full usage description of the template, see Commons:First steps/Quality and description.



|date           = 
|source         = 
|description    = 
|author         = 
|permission     = 
|other versions = 


Template parameters

Date of creationDate of creation, when the original source (such as photograph of 3-D scene, digital file, or original 2-D artwork) was created. Possible formats:
  • ISO 8601 is the preferred format, e.g. "2006-01-15" for "15 January 2006". Dates following this format are processed by Template:Tl. The following formats are recognized:
    • YYYY
    • YYYY-MM
    • YYYY-MM-DD
    • YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm
    • YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss
  • Use Template:Tl for less precise dates, like: circa..., after..., spring of..., between..., etc.
  • It is possible to use Template:Tl template. For example "date=2008-06-09" is equivalent to "date={{date|2008|6|9}}", but ISO 8601 format is preferred.

In many cases multiple dates and/or extra explanations are required:

  • For photos, we have special templates Template:Tl and Template:Tl to indicate when the photograph was taken and to distinguish it from the creation date of the depicted work or from the creation date of the derivative work (modified or cropped photo, collage etc.). Those templates use ISO format (e. g. Template:Tlx or Template:Tlx).
  • If date is missing but digital file has EXIF data then Template:Tl template can be added (usually done by a bot). The templates use ISO format (e. g. Template:Tlx).
  • If the creation date of a file moved from other project is unknown, Template:Tl can be used — this template should be also used (in addition) if the first publication date (outside Commons) is relevant in relation to copyright. This template also uses the ISO format.
  • If the creation date of a file (not moved from other project) is unknown, Template:Tl can be used. This template also uses the ISO format.
  • If the file is a modified or derivative work, both date of the original (source) work and date of the last version (derivative work) should be stated with appropriate comments or notes.
  • If the date has to be furnished with some specifying text, not covered by one of the above templates, (e. g. "date of creation", "date of the first publication", "date of modification" etc.) then dates have to be specified using Template:Tl (i.e. Template:Tlx (date of creation))) or Template:Tl (i.e. Template:Tlx (date of modification)) templates.
  • If the file is not a simple copy of the depicted work, the date or year of the creation of the depicted work should be stated rather in the "description" field.
other fields 1
Other fields 1
Other fieldsAdditional table fields added between Description and Date rows. You have to use Template:Tl or a specialized template such as Template:Tl and Template:Tl to populate this field.emptyoptional
SourceInformation about where the file is from (own files should be tagged with Template:Tl); if the file is based on other files then the original files should also be uploaded (if possible) and referenced. Possible content:
  • Template:Tl for works uploaded by the author
  • Template:Tl for previously unpublished works uploaded at the behest of a third party who wishes to remain confidential (such works must be connected with an OTRS ticket and the tag {{subst:OP}} should be added to the file after an email with a permission statement has been sent to OTRS).
  • URL where the file was found on the web, i.e. its url or its web address.
  • Template:Tl when it is derived from other files, a list of those files.
  • Book reference (using Template:Tl and Template:Tl templates) for images scanned from a book. If image was scanned by the uploader that should be mentioned too.
  • Template:Tlrequired
    DescriptionDescription of the image or other media file. Content of the description should provide brief (if possible) but complete information about the image. It should:
  • Identify subject like notable people (use Template:Tl template), animals, objects, cars, weapons, etc.
  • Identify location (if relevant) by text, like: city, country, building name or address, etc.
  • Note that location coordinates are not directly included as separate field in the "Information" template. Template Template:Tl (for camera location and heading, preferred) and/or Template:Tl (for the depicted objects) should be used. Template Template:Tl should be placed directly above or below Template:Tl.
    Note: some users prefer to include location template(s) into the „Description“ field of Template:Tl template in order to group all location information together – this solution is fully serviceable but objections are in point of graphic design not ideal adjusted for such use. See this and this discussion.
  • In general description should provide information to support all subject categories of the file.
  • In case of group pictures or other images where image details might warrant separate description please use image annotations, but remember that those annotations might not be visible on Wikipedias which did not adopt the gadget to display them.

  • Description format should use:

    • Multilingual templates like Template:Tl or Template:Tl to specify the language of the description.
    • Template:W to Wikipedia articles. This helps with disambiguation and allows shorter format.
    AuthorOriginal author of the file; where appropriate, use {{Creator:Name Surname}}. If the work is derived from or depicts works by someone other than the author, the author of the original work should also be mentioned. For example, for a photograph of a sculpture, make a mention of both the sculptor and the photographer. This field should not be used to specify the scanner, finder or uploader of the image; they are not the author.Template:Tlrequired
    PermissionLicense and other usage limitations and warnings. Due to the size of many license templates they are often placed in a separate section below Template:Tl template. In such a case please leave this field blank.
    The license is related primarily to the file itself. If need to state a license of the depicted (or other source) work, include it additionally with appropriate comment. If needed, use relevant FoP templates. You can use Template:Tl instead of Template:Tl for simple copies of artworks.
    other fields
    Other fields
    Other fieldsAdditional table fields added on the bottom of the template. You have to use Template:Tl or a specialized template such as Template:Tl and Template:Tl to populate this field.emptyoptional
    other versions
    Other versions
    Other versionsLinks to files with very similar content or derived files; use thumbnails or Gallery tags <gallery> </gallery>.
    Often the Template:W may be useful, e.g. {{#tag:gallery|Test.svg{{!}}Test image}}.

    Template:Tl enables to show also small icons of these files.

    If appropriate, Template:Tl is useful. See also: Other versions templates°C (Expression error: Unrecognized word "other".°F) .

    Additional information

    The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the File namespace

    The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users

    Relies on:
    Template:ISOdate, Template:Parse source, Module:TemplatePar


    This template is localized by utilizing MediaWiki namespace messages. These can be translated at translatewiki.net (current translations).

    Example usage

    Example for photograph

    For example the source code of the description of photograph File:Piers Sellers spacewalk.jpg is:

    {{de|Astronaut [[:de:Piers John Sellers|Piers Sellers]] bei einem Außenbordeinsatz während der Space-Shuttle-Mission [[:de:STS-121|STS-121]], bei dem er Reparaturtechniken für den Hitzeschutzschild der Raumfähre testet. Der Außenbordeinsatz dauerte 7 Stunden und 11 Minuten.}}
    {{en|Astronaut [[w:Piers Sellers|Piers Sellers]] during the third spacewalk of STS-121, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques.}}
    {{fr|L'astronaute [[:fr:Piers Sellers|Piers Sellers]] durant sa troisième sortie dans l'espace au cours du vol STS-121, une démonstration des techniques de réparation du bouclier thermique.}}
    {{it|L'astronauta [[:it:Piers Sellers|]] durante la terza camminata nello spazio nel corso della missione STS-121 mentre esegue un test di riparazione delle mattonelle rinforzate carbonio-carbonio dello Shuttle.}}
    {{nds|De Astronaut [[Piers Sellers]] de drüdde Kehr, dat he mit’n Ruumantog in’n apen Weltruum togang weer. Sellers wiest Reparaturtechniken för den Hittschild von’n Orbiter.}}
    {{ru|Астронавт [[:ru:Селлерс, Пирс Джон|Пирс Селлерс]] во время третьего выхода в открытый космос (STS-121) при ремонте орбитального теплового экрана.}}
    {{fi|Astronautti [[:fi:Piers Sellers|Piers Sellers]] avaruussukkulalento STS-121:n kolmannella avaruuskävelyllä. Avaruuskävelyn tehtävänä oli kokeilla sukkulan lämpökilven korjaustekniikoita.}} 
    |Source=[http://www.nasa.gov/news/highlights/index.html NASA News & Events] – http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/121_gallery/hi-resjpgs/14.jpg, from http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/121_gallery/index_noaccess.html
    |Author=NASA, astronaut [[w:Michael E. Fossum|Michael Edward Fossum]]
    |other versions=

    The code hereinbefore produces the following information table:

    Template: Information

    The Aquarium Wiki: The free encyclopedia of all things aquatic

    Example other_fields

    Example using the other fields parameter to display a credit line:

    | Description  = Description
    | Source       = {{own}}
    | Author       = John Doe
    | Date         = 2008-06-09
    | Other fields = {{Credit line |Author = © John Doe | Other = Wikimedia Commons |License = CC-BY-3.0 & GFDL}}

    will produce:

    Template: Information

    The Aquarium Wiki: The free encyclopedia of all things aquatic


    For many media it is desirable to use a geocoding template in addition to the Information template.


    This template also emits an hCalendar microformat marking the creation of the image as an event. To do this, it requires the Template:Tl template, and takes the file name as the "summary" property. Optionally, it can include the Template:Tl as an attendee and an hCard microformat, and use the contents of Template:Tl as the hCalendar's "description" property. Coordinates may be included by use of Template:Tl or Template:Tl.

    See also Commons:Machine-readable data.

    See also