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24 hours later – Powerhouse on the Commons on Flickr

The first 24 hours of our presence on Commons on Flickr has been fascinating. I wrote about the launch yesterday but now let’s take a look at what has happened over night.

In short, we’ve been excited by the response. Here’s some quick figures.

Plenty of views (4777), and stacks of tags (175) – in such a short time. That’s more views in one day than the entire Tyrrell Collection would have previously gotten in a month. I’ve been really excited by the types of tags and the diversity of tags that have been added. One user has even added postcodes as tags. And, although we’ve had tagging available on our site for those same Tyrrell records, these tags far exceed those added on our own site in quantity and, arguably, quality. Obviously this has a lot to do with context.

4 replies on “24 hours later – Powerhouse on the Commons on Flickr”

Congratulations. That’s one small step for the tyrrell collection…
Hopefully this will lead to more museums in Australia following the powehouse’s lead in putting there collection “out there” rather than holding on to it tightly for fear of losing control.

As a side note, over at the Dictionary we discovered a few errors in the dating of some photos. Don’t call us, we’ll call you! :-)

Hi Liam

That’s what the comments section on the images on Flickr are for! Post the corrections for each photo there! (Be aware that the ‘Taken in’ field on Flickr does not allow dates before 1900 nor does it allow ranges)

We will likely pull in some of the data from Flickr once it accumulates.


Seb, given our discussions about measuring “value” of visits is there any way you can (or are) tracking the more qualitative experiences of users of the site beyond views and tagging behaviour? What is motivating them to visit I wonder, and how was their experience??

Hi Lynda

Tagging behaviour on Flickr is a good measure on engagement, as is the ‘favourite’-ing of images. The measures of experience are built into the ‘game’ of being part of the Flickr community.

Our aim was to engage the Flickr community with the historical images and to make those images openly available to them. So we will need to keep an eye out for the creative reuse of some of those images (globally) as well as continued favouriting, comments, tags and group additions.

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