about libraries and using images of patrons

September 18, 2008

Interesting and well thought response to Carson’s Laws for using photos you take at your library (Information Today, Sept/October 08), focusing on libraries using flickr to archive images, especially those of patrons. I’m not sure that I agree with the argument for not using consent forms, but overall, a thought provoking piece.

I think the goals of extending the library and promoting the community trumps that one, but I am not an attorney, nor do I play one TV. I think the context goes way beyond what is immediate β€œnews” to the library and to its community – public, academic, etc. Henry Jenkins notes we are all now creators and participants in media, not just passive viewers/readers. How does the publicity law apply to this permutation?


shutterfly one-ups flickr in social networking

August 22, 2008

Whoa, so have you checked out shutterfly lately? I haven’t done anything with my account there in FOREVER, because well, shutterfly didn’t seem to do much. It certainly wasn’t as great as flickr.

However, shutterfly has jumped into the social networking venue with both feet — take a look at my “profile” shutterfly page vs my flickr page.

Okay, Okay, I know, the shutterfly page is more than just a profile — it is an actual webpage with my blogs embedded via rss, images of my choosing, and even some basic design features (layout, color scheme, etc.); I can even blog via shutterfly, pull in my images from my shutterfly photo collection, plus control who can contribute (only me or a group).

Not sure about how tagging works in shutterfly and although it seems to support groups and collaborative galleries, I haven’t tried to do that in shutterfly.

…but still…. it does makes my profile and site at flickr look pretty dinky, doesn’t it?

..and apparently, you can batch export out flickr using flump.

Hmmm….

more here about the changes here
and here
and here


Getting started with flickr (ppt)

August 16, 2008

Nice little tutorial.

Getting Started with Flickr

View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: flickr howto)

Image galleries: Coppermine, 4images, plogger, Gallery

July 18, 2008

I’ve been looking at a plugin to expand my image gallery (hosted at my domain via opensource coppermine, not the flickr version) by using feeds — basically, for each category I would have a feed. I looked at migrating to different systems, too: Gallery, plogger, and 4images.

Here is the rundown of what I need:

  • RSS Feeds per category/image album
  • Ability to list an image in more than one category/album, e.g., black and white photographs all in one album + in subject albums
  • Ability to assign keywords
  • Easily customizable through CSS and maybe a sprinkling of php
  • Opensource, hosted on my domain (I already have a several art/photography sites at social networking spots)
  • Easy batch upload process
  • Good enhancement and upgrade workflow
  • Plus:
    • Easy import/migration from Coppermine
    • Bridging or crosswalking to Drupal
    • Good documentation (I can usually make things work without a lot of help)
  • Note the importance of easy!

Coppermine does all of that minus the feeds, but there is a feed plugin. To be honest, my only complaints with coppermine, have been 1)some of the developers/user community help — it can get harsh 2)lack of built in RSS feeds and 3)crosswalking into Drupal — it’s doable, but not quite what I have in mind. Of course, using feeds would probably give me what I need, anyhow.

So, in my various experiments and investigations:

  • Plogger, Gallery, and 4images all have some form of a RSS.
  • Plogger, Gallery, and 4images are all opensource.
  • Plogger, Gallery, and 4images all seem to be relatively easy to install — relatively.
  • I can import/migrate my coppermine gallery into Gallery. I couldn’t figure out if I could do that in plogger or 4images. 4images is primarily in German, so I hit some language barriers a few times.

..and here is my comparison chart — I’m still trying to figure out some of the plogger features, so that part is a little bit incomplete.


Friday fun — image editing online, new browsers & more

March 28, 2008

Flock aims to take searching and browsing on the ‘net social. I dunno, sometimes I’m not interested in being social — I just need to find something quickly. πŸ˜‰

IE8 is now in beta and sounds like it will be rolled out with new versions of Windows and sounds like they will continue to move down the standards compliancy road.

Firefox 3 is beta, too and has been hyped as nexgen searching (whatever that may mean).

Google suggest is kind of cool but kind of annoying (sometimes I just want to find things and I don’t want to be bothered.) Of course, at some point, it will just give up with trying to help you, too. πŸ˜‰

Seven online image editing tools in case google’s picassa is just not enough.


Searching Internet Archive by CC Licensing

March 28, 2008

Because I can never remember where these is located on the webpage (FAQs, actually)
I’m snipping this out for myself with the search links, of course (i.e., just click the link to execute the search in IA). The IA has great stuff for digital collagists, movie makers, & other arty folks.
I used stuff from the Prelinger Collection to make my movie about cataloging and also for my digital collage on communication.

————–
Can I search by Creative Commons License?

Yes, you can. But it’s a little complicated.

Here’s how to break it down. See the license types at creative commons. When you want to find all of the items that have a certain license, you’ll plug their abbreviation for it into this search query:

/metadata/licenseurl:http*abbreviation/*

So if you’re looking for Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd), you’d put this in the search box: /metadata/licenseurl:http*by-nc-nd/* And you’d get about 33,000 items back.

If you want to use this in combination with other queries, like “I want by-nc-nd items about dogs” you’d do this: /metadata/licenseurl:http*by-nc-nd/* AND dog And you’d get 195 items. The AND tells the search engine all the items returned should have that license AND they should contain the word dog. AND has to be in all caps.

Just to make it easier, here are the basic searches:

  • Public Domain
  • Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd)
  • Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)
  • Attribution Non-commercial (by-nc)
  • Attribution No Derivatives (by-nd)
  • Attribution Share Alike (by-sa)
  • Attribution (by)

  • Searching Internet Archive by CC Licensing

    March 28, 2008

    Because I can never remember where these are located on the webpage (FAQs, actually)
    I’m snipping this out for myself with the search links, of course (i.e., just click the link to execute the search in IA). The IA has great stuff for digital collagists, movie makers, & other arty folks.
    I used stuff from the Prelinger Collection to make my movie about cataloging and also for my digital collage on communication.

    ————–
    Can I search by Creative Commons License?

    Yes, you can. But it’s a little complicated.

    Here’s how to break it down. See the license types at creative commons. When you want to find all of the items that have a certain license, you’ll plug their abbreviation for it into this search query:

    /metadata/licenseurl:http*abbreviation/*

    So if you’re looking for Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd), you’d put this in the search box: /metadata/licenseurl:http*by-nc-nd/* And you’d get about 33,000 items back.

    If you want to use this in combination with other queries, like “I want by-nc-nd items about dogs” you’d do this: /metadata/licenseurl:http*by-nc-nd/* AND dog And you’d get 195 items. The AND tells the search engine all the items returned should have that license AND they should contain the word dog. AND has to be in all caps.

    Just to make it easier, here are the basic searches:

  • Public Domain
  • Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd)
  • Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)
  • Attribution Non-commercial (by-nc)
  • Attribution No Derivatives (by-nd)
  • Attribution Share Alike (by-sa)
  • Attribution (by)

  • textpattern, wordpress, & redesign

    January 3, 2008

    I’m re-doing one of my domains with textpattern or wordpress. I considered drupal, but to be honest, I want something with a little stronger 3rd party support. There are several features & functionalities missing in drupal which I need. For a site from scratch or one with content generated from within drupal, all is well. For those working with 3rd party apps already, well, it may or may not work (or even be available).

    Drupal templating is also notoriously tough to work with, although with the new css zen template, it is easier to give it a look which is not straight out of the box. Drupal sites are generally u-g-l-y, but very functional! πŸ˜‰

    Anyhow, I decided to try something new. I need:

    • a blog – one with categories, subcategories, tagging, css templating, rss, upload images + the ability to import a rather large MT export file
    • image gallery – preferably one that can import from coppermine or gallery with category support, metadata, rss, crossposting of images (assign images to more than 1 category)
    • easy support for 3rd party scripting from flickr, youtube, blogger, other rss, etc.
    • a way to generate 5 or 6 mostly static pages
    • ability to template and design with css; slightly different templates for various sections
    • valid coding would be nice, but I know there are sometimes compromises

    On this domain, I have been using expression engine (ee) for years for a blog software. However, I am now ready to dump ee, due to its cost and licensing restrictions. Actually, I started out with greymatter (opensource) then migrated to MT (movable type) and then migrated to ee. So, some of my data has already been through 3 migrations.

    I know wordpress can do this. Textpattern seems to be an option too. So, an interesting experiment.


    Image gallery: coppermine vs gallery vs 4images vs. ?

    November 19, 2007

    I’ve been using coppermine image gallery software (coppermine-gallery.net/) for a hosted gallery for a while, but now I wonder if there is something better out there. My runner-up at the time was gallery, gallery.menalto.com/ but now it seems like there are a lot more choices out there. Before I start spending significant time testing any of these alternatives to coppermine (and yes, I already use flickr; looking for something I can host), I thought I would query a few different lists and the web. So, here goes (and I promise I will post my findings….)

    For those of you who use image gallery software, what would you recommend (or absolutely NOT recommend)?

    My Wishlist:

    +Prefer mysql+php with css templating
    +Standalone gallery software not as part of a package (such as a drupal module, although the ability to incorporate in drupal might be an advantage)
    +Categories, metadata, batch uploading, ability to link/crosspost single image in multiple categories
    +Relatively easy to install (not interested in writing something from scratch, too busy), documentation online, etc.
    +RSS feeds for images or categories would be lovely

    Ideas? suggestions? any advice?


    Yahoo photos is closing

    August 24, 2007

    Well, I guess it’s no surprise to me. Flickr is superior…

    ——————
    We will officially close Yahoo! Photos on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT
    . Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to move to another photo sharing service (Flickr, KODAK Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish, or Photobucket). We’re making the transfer real simple, and with a couple clicks we’ll automatically move your photos to Flickr or wherever you want them. You can also download your original-resolution photos back to your computer, or buy an archive CD from our featured partner (for users of the New Yahoo! Photos only). All you need to do is tell us what to do with your photos before we close, after which any photos remaining on Yahoo! Photos will be deleted and no longer accessible.….

    ….