I think I’m a fan of Flickr. It makes photoblogging easy and fun. Easier, anyway, than setting up an email to blog solution on my own, and the community features are more fun than I’d expected them to be at the outset. Flickr more or less automatically puts up a blog entry for each photo I upload (though I still have to configure the layout features to my satisfaction).
Anyway, in related web surfing, I came across the following:
- Flickr’s web services may not be univerally useful as the Google and Amazon APIs, but they’re cool nonetheless. I’m hugely impressed the data services Flickr is offering. I especially like that almost any page is available via RSS.
- That Flickr allows me to license my content using standard Creative Commons licenses is especially cool. Copyfight!
- Creative Commons pointed the way to these free image libraries: Open Photo.net and University of North Texas’ Web Library Free Media.
- Scott Haefner’s Kite Arial Photography with this absolutely beautiful VR picture of Slain’s Castle in Scotland.
Photography and geography are often related, that’s why Haefner is using worldKit to build a dynamic map of his photos.
- worldKit is a Flash-based cartography engine that dynamically builds maps from XML and RSS files. You still have to know where you are or what you want to plot, but it appears that worldKit can do the rest. The examples page does a lot to explain it.
- Frank Leahy is working on improving the way photos are handled online. He want’s to build a standard means of tagging info like location, time, content, picture details, etc. so that they can be better indexed by crawlers like Google. In short, he wants to extend the principles of the semantic web to images and photos.