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Flickr photos as a dataset

17 Mar

The use of Flickr is a good example of a potential use of library data in mashups.  For example, community generated geo-coded Flickr images could be published alongside a geodata set of public library locations.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/slv/pool/

509 photos from 110 members.  The images range from 2006 – 2011.

This image pool is also featured on the State Library of Victoria Our Community page:

http://slv.vic.gov.au/our-community

The most recent additions to the pool are displayed on this page.  Even though the pool is featured in the footer on every SLV web page, most activity in this pool comes from administrators sourcing images from Flickr searches such as:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=melbourne+library&m=text

Its easy to build a Flickr pool for your library by creating a Flickr group, and searching for images relevant to your library building, specific items of historical or topical interest, or images of the local area where your library is located.

What next with Flickr?  The State Library of Victoria is working on a project to create a new Flickr account which will feature selected sets of images across a range of topics drawn from the SLV image collections.

This has been inspired by the work by State Library of NSW over the past few years, featuring over 1,000 images.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/

Library data can be found in a range of collections on Flickr, e.g.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/heritagefutures/collections/72157615397938980/

Local libraries could create their own Flickr collection by building search terms around their local libraries identity.  For example, a library located in Colac could feature community contributed images already published on Flickr by displaying the Flickr RSS feed for the search terms for Colac images (the terms could be modified according to the type of images that are desired) e.g.

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=colac&w=all

http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=colac+victoria&m=text

or feature a particular photographers collection

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lotsabushes/sets/72157624076528285/

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