The Commons on Filckr: a primer

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This presentation was given by Georges Oates (Flickr) at the seminar Nationaal Archief joins Flickr the Commons on 4 November 2008 in Rotterdam. This project is part of the Dutch digitization project Images for the Future, www.imagesforthefuture.org.

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The Commons on Filckr: a primer

  1. 1. Hello. e Commons on Flickr: A Primer Rotterdam, Netherlands November 4, 2008
  2. 2. Today ★ Quick Flickr overview ★ Introduction to e Commons on Flickr ★ e Nationaal Archief, 2 weeks in... ★ Questions?
  3. 3. “A great place to be a photo.”
  4. 4. Born on February 10, 2004
  5. 5. e “Onion” ★ You Your photos, “sets”, tags etc ★ Contacts People you know, photographers you like ★ Groups ings you’re interested in, social groups ★ Explore Everything else, maps, cameras, search
  6. 6. Today…
  7. 7. ★ 3 billion photos (as of yesterday!) ★ 3 million uploads per day ★ 82 million geotagged photos ★ 25 million unique tags #3,000,000,000
  8. 8. ★ 47 million unique visitors a month ★ 103 million visits a month ★ 473 million minutes spent a month ★ 30 million registered members
  9. 9. It’s made of people.
  10. 10. New audiences
  11. 11. e Commons on Flickr
  12. 12. Over 1 million digital records, looking for a “Web 2.0” partner
  13. 13. Why choose Flickr? ★ Designed specifically to browse and search photographs ★ An active, engaged community with a deep connection to photography ★ An infrastructure big enough to support hosting 2.8 billion photos ★ Available in 8 languages
  14. 14. But…
  15. 15. So…
  16. 16. No Known Copyright Restrictions
  17. 17. Wait a minute…
  18. 18. Launched January 16, 2008
  19. 19. Why?
  20. 20. Why? 1) To increase access to public photography archives
  21. 21. 30
  22. 22. View by Tag, or Search Browse 31
  23. 23. 32
  24. 24. 33
  25. 25. 34
  26. 26. 35
  27. 27. Why? 1) To increase access to public photography archives
  28. 28. Why? 1) To increase access to public photography archives 2) To gather information about them
  29. 29. Why? 1) To increase access to public photography archives 2) To gather information about them 3) To share feedback with the institution & the web
  30. 30. So far…
  31. 31. Launched October 21, 2008!
  32. 32. “rosie the riveter”
  33. 33. 9,000,000 views
  34. 34. swanq says: “A little more research and I think I know what's actually going on. e schoolboys are beating the bounds of the parish. See fullhomelydivinity.org/articles/rogation%20an d%20ascensio... which has pictures and a description of the tradition.”
  35. 35. crpascasio says: “is is the inside of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond vault located on 9th and Franklin Street.”
  36. 36. Heidi Donat says: “At the left in the far distance is the collapsed mudbrick Black Pyramid of Amenemhat III. In the center is the Bent Pyramid of Sneferu, father of Khufu. and at the right is the Red Pyramid, also built by Sneferu.”
  37. 37. Multilingual description
  38. 38. 56 “faves”
  39. 39. 100,000 views in a day
  40. 40. en & Now: Flickr/Google mashup by Paul Hagon
  41. 41. http://a.viary.com/artists/michael/images/sheperd_power
  42. 42. Noise
  43. 43. Signal
  44. 44. Feedback
  45. 45. Questions • What does it mean for institutions to engage so directly in such an open communication channel? • What sort of information has e Commons generated so far? • What’s working? What’s not?
  46. 46. “Metadata creation has been democratized.” - Clay Shirky
  47. 47. Any good?
  48. 48. Mayanaut says: “Unfortunately, many of the tags on this photo are incorrect. it is neither a Zeppelin, nor a dirigible. Barrage balloons were not manufactured by the Zeppelin company, nor did they utilize helium as their lifting gas.”
  49. 49. Mayanaut says: “I applaud the Library of Congress for allowing individuals to add tags, but in this case, such incorrect tags are merely contributing to historical inaccuracies.”
  50. 50. Azchael says: “@mayanaut: But you wrote a corrective statement, which means that a natural control mechanism is taking place and those interested find the right information.”
  51. 51. ★ Transcription ★ Photo format/technology ★ Timeframes ★ Creator name ★ Subjects: based on the image ★ ings in the image that weren't in the record - quot;yellowquot;, quot;applequot; etc ★ Transcription of signs ★ Commentary - quot;dapper” ★ Humour - quot;UFO” ★ Checking a source, cross-referenced ★ Expanding context - quot;LA Bombing” ★ Emotional responses - quot;Wow” ★ Machine tags ★ Geo ★ Variants ★ Non-english
  52. 52. Historical authenticity in the Flickr context is not required People say all kinds of things about the pictures You can decide what comes back in to the catalogue, but not what's quot;rightquot; One photo can go quot;multi-purposequot;, to serve different people - Helena Zinkham Acting Chief of the Library of C Prints & Photographs Catalog
  53. 53. Try a search for “flickr”
  54. 54. 110
  55. 55. Tags imported from Flickr 111
  56. 56. e Nationaal Archief
  57. 57. Day 1: 122,514 views
  58. 58. Day 1: 122,514 views Today: 430,000 views
  59. 59. Signal
  60. 60. http://flickr.com/photos/blumpy/325853852/
  61. 61. ank You. George Oates glo@yahoo-inc.com
  62. 62. h*p://flickr.com/photos/baboon/405064021 h*p://flickr.com/photos/straup/201416382/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/carthorse/340434797 h*p://flickr.com/photos/motorboat4107/320693821/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/24223801@N08/3000000000/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/lfcastro/471892144/ h*p://flickr.com//library_of_congress/2179930812/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/george_eastman_house/2678364640/ Photo Credits h*p://flickr.com/photos/library_of_virginia/2899343224/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/brooklyn_museum/2674879228/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/2868980227/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2163497682/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/naJonalmariJmemuseum/2843695264/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/naJonalmariJmemuseum/2842843325/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2898310107/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2178246585/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/quatrosinko/367643300/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/naJonaalarchief/2949035078/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/2968464894/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/mikewebkist/2167059124/ h*p://flickr.com/photos/aureusbay/297387489/

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