Flickr Commons Metadata - ECDL2010

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To what extent are users helping the Library of Congress by adding metadata / comments? - Meaningful description of images and increased visibility of holdings

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Flickr Commons Metadata - ECDL2010

  1. 1. User-Contributed Descriptive Metadata for Libraries and Cultural Institutions<br />Michael A. Zarro and Robert B. Allen<br />Drexel University<br />College of Information Science & Technology<br />www.ischool.drexel.edu<br />
  2. 2. “The Library of Congress is asking<br />the public for help.”<br />Flickr Commons Launch, 1/16/2008<br />
  3. 3. Outline<br />Research Question<br />Background: The Flickr Commons<br />Methods<br />Results<br />Discussion and Future Work<br />
  4. 4. To what extent are users helping the Library of Congress by adding metadata / comments?<br />a. Meaningful description of images<br />b. Increased visibility of holdings<br />
  5. 5. Flickr Commons<br />  “The  key  goals  of  The  Commons  on  Flickr  are  to  firstly  show  you  hidden   treasures  in  the  world's  public  photography  archives,and  secondly  to  show  how  your  input  and  knowledge  can  help   make  these  collections  even  richer.”<br />
  6. 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/sets/<br />
  7. 7. Owner Information <br />Web statistics<br />Site Navigation<br />People in Photo<br />Tags<br />License<br />Privacy<br />1. Photo<br />2. Library supplied data<br />3. User-Contributions<br />4. New comment form<br />
  8. 8. User-Contributions<br />
  9. 9. Comment <br />Form<br />
  10. 10. Flickr Commons Pilot Project<br />Library staff and “resources are limited to provide detailed descriptions and historical context”<br />“tap into the expertise in the communities of interest on the Web and elicit contributions that provide a richer experience for the users of the collections”<br />“Flickr members willingness to expend high levels of effort on history detective work”http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/flickr_report_final.pdf<br />
  11. 11. Methods for our Study<br />Examined 3 photo sets: 1043 images<br />Downloaded a tab-delineated file of all photos and comments via Flickr API<br />Manually reviewed comments <br />Non-exclusive categorization of comments<br />Personal and Historical<br />Link Out<br />Correction and Translation<br />Link In<br />
  12. 12. Categories<br />Personal and Historical: expanded knowledge about the holding through statements of fact or personal recollection. <br />Link Out:hyperlinks to resources such as personal Flickr photos or Wikipedia articles<br />Corrections and Translations:including “conversations” among users<br />Link In:adding the Library’s images to groups of similar images on Flickr. <br />
  13. 13. Photo Sets<br />Illustrated Newspaper <br />Supplements<br />364 B & W images<br />Mystery Pictures<br />Users were asked to help identify 22 color images. <br />Photochrom Travel Views<br />657 color images of geographic locations<br />
  14. 14. Example Comments <br />Actually it's now "Frederiksborg Slot, Hillerød, Denmark", but when the picture was taken, the spelling in this picture could very well have been correct. I live just 1500 meters from here, and my grandfather used to work as a gardener in the park around the castle. He lived in a little house just outside the frame of this picture. Frederiksborg Castle isn't situated in Copenhagen, but in Hillerød, approximately 35 km from the center of Copenhagen. It is now a museumwhere you can see a large collection of historic paintings. <br />The spelling of a lot of these place names seems to be German. In Danish: Fredriksborg Slot.<br />My [photo] of Frederiksborg Castle from the same location in Hillerød. <br />1,2,3<br />3<br />2<br />
  15. 15. Results<br />3 images sets, 1043 Images total: <br />37% had at least 1 descriptive comment<br />
  16. 16. Discussion<br />Patrons  are active contributors.  <br />Libraries  can  enhance  holdings  with  user- contributed  annotations.  <br />“Extended collections”  may  include library  and non-library  digital  resources.<br />
  17. 17. Extended Collections<br />Hillerød, approximately 35 km from the center of Copenhagen<br />It is now a museum<br />
  18. 18. Future Work<br />Interface and visual design<br />Enhanced outreach to patrons (non-Flickr)<br />Better Categorization<br />Patron to patron conversations? <br />Patron to library conversations? <br />Filtering:<br />Removal of “spam” comments <br />
  19. 19. Thank You <br />Questions?<br />Contact us: <br />michael.a.zarro@drexel.edu<br />rba@drexel.edu<br />www.ischool.drexel.edu<br />

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