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Manifold Guide: Adding Media, Images, & More to a Text

Adding Resources to a Text

You may add images, media materials, “interactive” elements (visualizations, maps, games, etc.) to your Manifold text.  These are referred to as "resources" within Manifold.  Files can be loaded directly into Manifold so long as they do not exceed 200 MBs. For a full list of approved file types and instructions on preparing your file types, please see the Preparing Resources section of the Manifold User Guide.   If you wish to make modifications to your text after it is loaded, you’ll need to load it again.  The Reingest section of the Customizing Projects--Texts section of the Manifold User Guide will walk you through how to do this.  Do note that if you make drastic changes to your text and users have added annotations or highlights to the text, these annotations and highlights may be lost during the reingest process.

Fair Use and Copyright Considerations

As you are finding and uploading materials into Manifold, you will need to consider the copyright status of the materials to ensure you have permission to use the item and can properly credit the copyright owner. You will also want to add a license, such as Creative Commons license, to any original work you upload.

Some questions to consider while finding texts or resources:

  • Is it in the public domain?
  • If not, is it openly licensed?
  • If not, can you get permission?
  • If not, can you link out?
  • If not, is your use fair?

For help finding public domain and creative commons materials, take a look at the UW Libraries Open Resources guide.

Best practice: tell your readers the copyright status of a) the project, b) each text, AND c) each resource.

For more guidance on Fair Use and other copyright, see the UW Copyright guide.

Metadata Considerations

Detailed and accurate metadata values provide valuable context for users, making resources more findable, meaningful, and useful for them. Good metadata will also make it easier for you to manage your project as an administrator. For guidance on the available metadata fields in Manifold, see this Manifold page about metadata.

Alt Text on Images

Another thing you should consider is adding alternative text or "alt text" to any images that you add to Manifold. Alt text is a written description of an image that conveys an equivalent message for people who cannot see the image. Alt text makes the images on your manifold project more accessible to screen readers.