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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 {{Painting}} if the image is of a painting or other two dimensional artwork.

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.

For representations of two-dimensional artworks please consider using {{Painting}} instead of {{Information}}.



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Example usage

Example for photograph

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

| Description    = Astronaut [[w:Piers Sellers|Piers Sellers]] during the third spacewalk of STS-121, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques.
| Date           = 2006-07-12
| Source         = [http://www.nasa.gov/news/highlights/index.html NASA News & Events] - from http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/121_gallery/index_noaccess.html
| Author         = NASA
| Permission     = {{PD-USGov-NASA}}
| Other_versions = 

The code above produces the following information table:

Description Astronaut Piers Sellers during the third spacewalk of STS-121, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques.
Source NASA News & Events - from http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/121_gallery/index_noaccess.html
Date 2006-07-12
Author NASA
Public domain This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA. NASA copyright policy states that "NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted". (See Template:PD-USGov, NASA copyright policy page or JPL Image Use Policy.)

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


Parameter name Description (this part of the documentation is only available in some languages) Default value required or optional?

description description of the image (or other file) (using multilingual templates like {{en}}) empty required
date date of creation by one of the next ways:
  • using {{date}} or {{other date}}
  • in ISO 8601 format ("YYYY-MM-DD", or "YYYY-MM", or "YYYY", e.g. "2006-01-15" for "15 January 2006")

If needed, the date have to be furnished with some specifying text (e. g. „date of taken“ or „date of creation“, „date of the first publication“, „date of modification“ etc.). If you use such text specification or more dates, the ISO format is unusable and the date template is needed.

empty required
source information about where the file is from (own files should be tagged with {{own}}); if the file is derivated work, the original work(s) should be designated empty optional
author original author of the file; where appropriate, use {{Creator:Name Surname}} with {{Creator}}. If the work is derivated, the author of the original (e. g. depicted or retouched) work should be mentioned as well. empty required
permission license information, eventually other usage limitations and warnings blank field presented as „see-below“ text optional
other_versions links to files with very similar content or derivated files; use<gallery></gallery>. empty optional

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


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


This template also emits an hCalendar microformat marking the creation of the image as an event. To do this, it requires the {{Date}} template, and takes the file name as the "summary" property. Optionally, it can include the {{Photographer}} (soon also {{Creator}}) as an attendee and an hCard microformat, and use the contents of {{Description}} as the hCalendar's "description" property. Coordinates may be included by use of {{Location}}, {{Location dec}} or {{Object location}}.