Visual Guide – Using ‘Add a Leaf’ to share a file

The “Add a Leaf” button on the top toolbar allows you to publish content in your Google Drive or Device to SharingTree. Start by clicking the ‘Add a Leaf button and then follow the steps below. Publishing should only take a few minutes and be sure you have the right to publish the content.

Once you click ‘Add a Leaf’ you will search your Google Drive to locate the file to share.

Add a Leaf screen, Red indicates a required field

One important choice is the type of COPYRIGHT to apply to your document. See our copyright guide to help you decide. Copyrighted content can always be converted to Collaborative or Creative Commons later. You can also revise most information later by going to Leaves -> Published. The exception is you can not change Creative Commons or Collaborative content you publish to Copyrighted later. The last page you will see for ‘Add a Leaf’ is below.

View your added Leaf and Sharing on Social Media

This page lets you click the link to view your published leaf. You can also change any information or add a custom image using Leaves -> Published or selecting Manage leaf.

Thanks for learning how to use ‘Add a Leaf‘ to share content with the world directly from G Suite. Please let us know if you have any ideas to improve collaborating from G Suite using contact@sharingtree.net.

How to allow others to “REMIX” your content

We call published content Leaves on SharingTree. All content published in SharingTree as Collaborative or most Creative Commons licenses can be “remixed” and become part of a COLLABORATION. Collabs allows other users to share their modified version of an original LEAF back to SharingTree using the “Add a Collab” option.

Collaborations receive the permissions of the original LEAF and SharingTree handles all appropriate attributions. Collaborations can modify the original content or extend the original to different formats (Docs, Slides, Sheets, videos, etc).

If you want to publish your content so others can remix it, then select “Collaborative” or “Creative Commons” in the “Add a Leaf” dialog box shown below.

License types

The Collaborative license allows for Remixing and Share-Alike only on SharingTree while selecting Creative Commons brings up options based on a combination of Requiring Attribution (BY), Share-Alike (SA), Prohibiting Commercial Use (NC) and No Derivatives (ND). Below is a table that compares the different Creative Commons and Copyrighted (©) licenses.

 CC BY Aaron McCollough (adapted from a table by Anita Walz)
https://publishing.gmu.edu/communication/copyright/creative-commons-2/

If you are unfamiliar with these licenses, you can learn more from the Creative Commons website. Public Domain (PD) is the least restrictive and does not limit how the original content is adapted or redistributed. From the list above, we see that Public Domain (PD), Creative Commons Zero (Ø), CC-BYCC-BY-SACC-BY-NC, and CC-BY-NC-SA allow adapting/remixing and can be part of a collaboration. Any license with ND (No Derivatives) cannot be part of a collaboration or remixed. Copyrighted material is the most restrictive and cannot be adapted or redistributed except by the author.

To support others remixing your content SharingTree recommends publishing under our Collaborative license or using the CC-BY-NC-SA option. Only traditional Copyrighted(©) content can have a PRICE while Collaborative and all Creative Commons content must be FREE. We look forward to building this community with you. Head over to SharingTree and try publishing your first leaf or Add a Collab today!

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