Using Authograph

Quick Start

To try Authograph and sign your first work or post, you can follow these simple steps:

1. Enter the title and credits for your work

2. Publish the record

The link in your document will look like 【HHH】 or HHH.

The following sections in this article explain the background and more details about using Authograph.


Authograph was designed to provide a transparent label for the roles generative AI played in a work or content, and to enable creators to credit contributions and map their creative processes.

The service was inspired by labels on audio CDs such as AAD with the intent to provide a similar, straightforward system to describe the authorship in creative works. Authograph labels reflect the types of contributors (human, AI, or collaborative) involved in the conception, production, and refinement of a project.

In addition to this high-level representation, Authograph has several ways to show the contributions in the creative process.

Key Concepts

Authograph is built around the concept of credits. Each credit has a credit title and can list credit names – which can be individuals, AI, or teams or companies. The credit can be mapped to predefined creative categories and connected to other credits.

The level of detail and granularity is up to the user, so the Authograph record can range from a single credit without authorship types and categories to a detailed mapping.

The details in the Authograph record allow the service to visualize the origin of the work with an at-a-glance label, such as CAH, a list of credits, a graph of the connections between activities, and a categories table that shows the contributions across creative domains.

Authograph Records

Authograph is a service that allows authors and publishers to create a record that describes the authorship and creative process behind a work. A link to the record is then attached to the work to provide certified information about its creation.

Each record can be in one of the following states:

Terms of Use

To maintain the integrity, authenticity, and trustworthiness of the Authograph service, users are expected to adhere to core principles for record uniqueness, attribution accuracy and completeness, which are detailed in the Terms of Use.


The building blocks of an Authograph record are credits. Credits list authors, contributors and entities under credit titles and can indicate the creative categories they should be recognized for.

Credit Titles

Credit titles represent different contributions or activities done as part of creating the work. Each credit title can include an optional description with a comment or a clarification about its role or extent.

You can also indicate how credit titles follow each other or contribute to each other by connecting them to other titles.

Credit Names

Credit names represent the authors and entities involved under the credit. One ‘credit name’ can represent an individual, a collaborative team, or a company. For each credit name, you can indicate whether they are human, AI, collaborative (i.e., their work is a combination of human and generative AI), or if their source is unknown.

Credit Connections

You can optionally create connections between the credit titles using the context menu to show how these credits relate:

Creative Categories

The credits can be categorized across predefined creative domains and categories. An Authograph record can be created without these categories, in a basic model which uses three domains, or in an extended model where the domains are broken down into categories. The domains, categories, and their definitions are as follows:


The conception domain includes generating, brainstorming, and selecting the core ideas, concepts, themes, and structure. It covers the initial ideation and the iterative development of these overarching concepts and structure. In the extended model, it is composed of three categories:

  1. Concepts & Ideas: This category is centered around the generation and development of ideas and concepts. It’s where creative thinking and imagination are employed to produce and refine ideas, fostering originality and innovation at any stage of the process.

  2. Exploration & Research: This stage encompasses the gathering and analysis of information, exploring existing works, and studying various aspects relevant to the idea. It’s about enriching and expanding the concept through insightful research and exploration.

  3. Planning & Structuring: Focuses on developing a coherent structure for the idea, regardless of when in the process this occurs. It involves organizing, outlining, and planning to transform concepts into a structured and actionable format.


The production domain includes the actual creation and crafting of the content, transforming the concepts and ideas into tangible output. It includes writing, generation of audio and visuals, transformations of inputs, and implementation of feedback or corrections.

In the extended model, it consists of two categories:

  1. Content Creation: Involves the creation and assembly of the content, whether it’s through writing, designing, composing, or other creative means. This category includes aspects of bringing ideas to life in a tangible or perceivable form.

  2. Technical Execution: Entails the technical aspects of realizing the project, such as coding, editing, and technical processes. It’s essential for executing the practical components of the project, ensuring both creative and technical fidelity.


The third domain, refinement, consists of a single category, so their meaning is identical in both models:

  1. Review & Refinement: This category is about critically evaluating, refining, and enhancing the work. It includes activities like proofreading, fact-checking, and adjusting based on feedback, aimed at polishing the project to improve its quality and alignment with objectives, whenever these activities occur.


Applying the Label

To link the Authograph to your work, publish your Authograph record, and then include the link to the Authograph somewhere visibly with your content. To view the link and codes for embedding it, you can select the “Signing Link” option from the record’s context menu in your Catalog.

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