Flickr - Overview and Local and Family History

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A talk I gave @ Mosman Library July 29 2010. It's a brief overview of Flickr, its key features, the Commons and uses for the study and sharing of local and family history.

A talk I gave @ Mosman Library July 29 2010. It's a brief overview of Flickr, its key features, the Commons and uses for the study and sharing of local and family history.

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  • 1. eyes of the world
  • 2. Flickr| Capturing life, one image at a time
    The Global ‘Picture’
    • Over 51 million registered members
    • 3. Approx. 4.5 million photos/videos uploaded daily
    • 4. More than 151 million geo-tagged photos
    • 5. Over 4 billion images stored to date
    • 6. 2009 Webby Award Winner: Community
    • 7. 50 Best Websites 2009 (Time magazine)
  • Flickr| The Best
  • 8. Flickr| Engaging Community
    The social media phenomenon is fed by human needs for self-expression, feedback, generosity and community.
    Flickr created this phenomenon by developing the ultimate photo-sharing platform. Participants from around the world share, tag and comment on their images. People can choose to share their joy, their sorrow and their perspective.
  • 9. Flickr| Expressing Yourself
    It’s a phenomenon that’s hard to explain.
    Flickr has come to mean something to its members – excitement, community and freedom. It’s much more than a repository of beautiful photos.
    Flickr provides an outlet for self expression. It connects people, acting as witness to their experiences. It literally captures daily life across the globe.
  • 10. Functionality
  • 11. Flickr
    by: brenda-starr
    By: convulsamente
    By: twoblueday
  • 12. Flickr| Tell a Story with your photos
    Tell a story with photos and allow people to comment
    Add notes to explain or comment right on the photos
    Make photos “favourite”
    Add people to your photos so they know you’ve posted
    Add tags to categorise your photos and help other people find them
  • 13. Flickr| Share with Friends and Family
  • 14. Flickr| Easy Upload from anywhere
  • 15. Flickr| Easy Organisation
  • 16. Flickr| Explore. Watch the World
    Places – explore the world through geo tags, from Alaska to Zanzibar!
    Current events – from the White house photostream, Nasa Flight Centre and breaking news
    Galleries – unleash your inner curator, create you own gallery from images you find interesting, fascinating or mind blowing!
    The Commons – Explore a snapshot in time with The Commons on Flickr. Hidden treasures of some of the worlds greatest photography archives.
  • 17. The Commons
  • 18. Flickr| The Commons
    The Commons was launched on January 16 2008, when we released our pilot project in partnership with The Library of Congress.
    The program has two main objectives:
    • To increase access to publicly-held photography collections, and
    • 19. To provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge. (Then watch what happens when they do!)
  • Flickr| The Commons | 45 Partners to date
  • 20. Flickr| The Commons | Why isFlickr so good?
    The People!
    People who contribute to the knowledge pool via tags, descriptions and notes
    Crowd sourced curation
    My Tags
  • 21. Flickr| The Commons | Power of Tags
    Credit: George Oates http://www.slideshare.net/george08/society-of-archivists-presentation
  • 22. Flickr| The Commons | How many tags today?
  • 23. Flickr| The Commons | Extra Goodness
    To increase access to publicly-held photography collections, and
    To provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge. (Then watch what happens when they do!)
  • 24. Flickr| The Commons | Extra Goodness
    “Then and Now” photography
    Group dedicated to photos form the National Galleries of Scotland
    Credit: George Oates http://www.slideshare.net/george08/society-of-archivists-presentation
  • 25. Flickr| The Commons | Extra Goodness
    Paul Hagon from the National Library of Australia built this mashup showing then and now
    http://www.paulhagon.com/thenandnow/powerhouse_museum/
  • 26. Flickr| The Commons | Extra Goodness
    The Powerhouse Museum is adding Flickr tags from their commons photos to their internal systems.
    Proof that the public have enhanced their collection
  • 27. Local Studies
  • 28. Flickr| Mosman Library
    Mosman Library has been very progressive in its use of Flickr and other social media tools
    They have also started to utiliseFlickr with their Local Studies Collection
  • 29. Flickr| Mosman Library |Local Studies Collection
  • 30. Flickr| Mosman Library |Image Collection
    Mosman Library also houses 1400 images in its image collection
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  • 31. Flickr| Mosman Library |Image Collection |Mitchell Library
    50% of the Carrol Collection is on indefinite loan to State Library of NSW
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  • 32. Flickr| Mosman Library |Image Collection |Mitchell Library | Flickr
    Out of 863 photos and 4000 tags in the NSW State Library Commons only 1 is tagged with“Mosman”!!
  • 33. Flickr| Public Library |Image Collection |Flickr
    Public Library Macro Commons?
    To increase access to publicly-held photography collections, and
    To provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge. (Then watch what happens when they do!)
    Open Questions:
    Is there scope for Mosman Library – Local Studies to utiliseFlickr further?
    Are there volunteers available to help get the library online?
    Could Mosman set a precedent for opening up local studies to a wider audience?
    How many other libraries have similar collections?
  • 34. Family History
  • 35. Flickr| The Williams Family | A brief history
    The family genealogy experts have traced us back to the 17th Century
    I’ve ancestors who fought in the Boer Wars and Gallipoli
    I’ve ancestors who came to Australia in the 1850’s for the gold rush
    Some came out as Ten Pound Poms (and then went back)
    Mostly my family has mostly stayed in South Wales
    We’ve a heap of photos going back to the 19th Century which we’re going to put online on Flickr
  • 36. Flickr| The Williams Commons
  • 37. Flickr| The Williams Commons
    Inspired by this talk I’ve been working with my father to start curating our family photos
    My fathers sense of humour shines through on the descriptions and comments.
    Future generations of the Williams clan will be able to enjoy the history passed down
  • 38. Flickr| The Williams Commons
    A fantastic photo illustrating working life in South Wales in 1912
  • 39. Flickr| The Williams Commons
  • 40. Flickr| The Williams Commons
  • 41. Flickr| The Williams Commons | Map
  • 42. Recap
  • 43. Flickr| Summary
    Flickr is the worlds best photo site
    People make it great
    The Commons project allows the public to view and create a vision of history and heritage
    Flickr is a fantastic tool for local historians
    Flickr is a fantastic tool for sharing family history and memories
  • 44. Questions?