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Presentation given as part of the Web Search Academy, pre conference workshop Internet Librarian International, 26th October 2011

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  • 26/10/11 (c) Karen Blakeman 2011
  • Advanced Internet Search Strategies 26 October 2011 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Advanced Internet Search Strategies 26 October 2011 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Advanced Internet Search Strategies 26 October 2011 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Visual Search

    1. 1. Web Search Academy Internet Librarian International 26th October 2011 Visual search Karen Blakeman Twitter: @karenblakeman [email_address] 26/10/11
    2. 2. Copyright <ul><li>Always, always check and double check the copyright - images may have a digital watermark and be tracked e.g. Digimarc </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons does not mean you can do what you like with an image </li></ul><ul><ul><li>six licences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Open-licencing your images. What it means and how to do it.” Andy Mabbett aka pigsonthewing </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Karen Blakeman's Blog “Free-to-use images might not be” </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Always credit the photographer – you cite references why not the ‘author’ of a photograph? </li></ul>26/10/11
    3. 3. Copyright <ul><li>giving credit… | pia jane bijkerk : </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>26/10/11
    4. 4. Checking EXIF, watermarks and copyright <ul><li>Jeffrey's Exif viewer </li></ul><ul><li>Digimarc Reader for Images – </li></ul><ul><li>Safest approach - ask the owner of the page or web site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I found it on the web so there’s no copyright” is the wrong answer! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using an image in a paper, presentation or commercially? Make sure you document location of the image you use, and keep copies of any copyright correspondence </li></ul><ul><li>Similar image options and web sites such as can help locate alternatives and origins of an image </li></ul>26/10/11
    5. 5. Developments in image search <ul><li>Colour selection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>single colours, multiple colours, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Similar” images </li></ul><ul><li>Facial recognition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>identification of head and shoulders photos, face detection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full facial recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Key Russian social network adds facial recognition to photos” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Google Not Planning To Release Mobile Face Recognition : Update” </li></ul></ul>26/10/11
    6. 6. Google images <ul><li>Make use of search options in the side bar or on the advanced search screen </li></ul>26/10/11
    7. 7. Google Images 26/10/11 “ More sizes” “ Similar images”
    8. 8. Google Images – use an existing image 26/10/11 Click on the camera icon in the search box and then either enter the URL of an image or upload it. On the results page you can add keywords to refine the search
    9. 9. Google Images – Sites with images 26/10/11 Useful if you want to describe the image in detail, for example moth UK black cream spots
    10. 10. Google images - creative commons, public domain <ul><li>Google advanced image search - use the usage rights, but always double check the licence on the web site </li></ul><ul><li>Public domain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>carry out your search in the image search bar and when the results appear on screen add &as_rights=cc_publicdomain to the end of the string in the URL/address bar of your browser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>but public domain may refer to another photo – cheque the web site hosting the photo </li></ul></ul>26/10/11
    11. 11. 26/10/11
    12. 12. Panoramio <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Layer on Google Earth and maps (now owned by Google) </li></ul><ul><li>Various licences assigned by the photographers </li></ul>26/10/11
    13. 13. Bing 26/10/11
    14. 14. Bing 26/10/11 Options in the left hand sidebar similar to Google “ More sizes” but no “similar” option
    15. 15. Bing – Visual Search 26/10/11 Not available in all country versions – content varies
    16. 16. Bing – Visual Search 26/10/11 Check accuracy of associated information - may be out of date
    17. 17. Flickr <ul><li>Flickr Creative Commons or advanced search screen </li></ul><ul><li>Use Advanced Search for date options </li></ul>26/10/11
    18. 18. Compfight – <ul><li>Search interface for Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Can select Creative Commons or photos that can be used commercially </li></ul>26/10/11
    19. 19. Images - other sources for Creative Commons and public domain images <ul><li>Idee Inc Multicolr Search Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Wikimedia Commons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>check the licence information towards the bottom of the page e.g. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> - public domain </li></ul><ul><li>Geograph Creative Commons 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the images on US government web sites are public domain (but do check) </li></ul><ul><li>NASA - public domain </li></ul>26 October 2011 Karen Blakeman
    20. 20. Multicolr Search Lab <ul><li>Search for up to 5 colours – can adjust proportions of colour </li></ul><ul><li>No key word searching of content </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr creative commons images – clicking on an image takes you to its Flickr page </li></ul>26 October 2011 Karen Blakeman
    21. 21. <ul><li>UK and Ireland photos of landmarks and buildings for every Ordnance Survey grid </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons 2.0 </li></ul>26/10/11
    22. 22. Video <ul><li>YouTube,, </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes, iTunes U </li></ul><ul><li>Blinkx - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>good for catching up with news </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Zuula - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>click on the video tab </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Browsys Finder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>click on the video tab </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BBC Motion Gallery - BBC Archive </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NewsFilm Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>26 October 2011 Karen Blakeman
    23. 23. Google Videos <ul><li>NOT the same as YouTube </li></ul>26/10/11
    24. 24. Bing Videos 26/10/11
    25. 25. Mashups and visualizations <ul><li>Visualizations of data becoming common </li></ul><ul><ul><li>availability of Open Data and visualization tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data journalism and data visualization | News | The Guardian </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flickr: Guardian Datastore </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need to know </li></ul><ul><ul><li>source(s) of data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>coverage and scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can one access the raw data? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what has been down to create the visualization - filters used, subsets, exclusions etc </li></ul></ul>26/10/11
    26. 26. 26/10/11 Check the descriptions with the Flickr image for information (if any) on data sources used
    27. 27. Mashups e.g. Roadworks Info <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Obvious gaps in coverage - also mentioned in service coverage </li></ul>26/10/11
    28. 28. Visualisation of results and content <ul><li>Silobreaker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>look at the network on right hand side of the screen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Move slider bar to change emphasis – people, companies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Academic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>graphs, mindmaps, network maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>never mind the poor quality of the data and poor coverage just admire the pretty pictures! </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Cluuz </li></ul><ul><ul><li>powered by Yahoo! </li></ul></ul>26/10/11
    29. 29. Quintura 26/10/11
    30. 30. Cluuz 26/10/11
    31. 31. 26/10/11 When are road works not road works? When they are classified as Network Rail bridge works! CC 3.0 Attribution Non-commercial
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