Folksonomies Metadata Web 2.0

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 […]

Collection databases Imaging Web 2.0

Powerhouse Museum joins the Commons on Flickr – the what, why and how

Yes, you read that right. The Powerhouse Museum is the first museum to join the Commons on Flickr! And we’re excited because it went live today! In the tradition of ‘slow food’ we have decided to do a slow release of content with an initial 200 historic images of Sydney and surrounds available through the […]

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Why Flickr Commons? (and why Wikimedia Commons is very different)

The Powerhouse is coming up to the 2nd anniversary of our joining the Commons on Flickr. Back when we joined there was only the Library of Congress and we trusted that we were making the correct decision back then. (I’ll be blogging an interview with Paula Bray around the time of the anniversary.) A lot […]

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Common Ground – The Global Flickr Commons Meetup October 2 & 3

Common Ground – The Global Flickr Commons Meetup October 2 & 3 On October 2 & 3, depending on where you are in the world a group of institutions who have put photographs into the Commons on Flickr are having a ‘meet up’. The Powerhouse is hosting the Sydney one on Saturday October 3, 630-9pm. […]

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Re-ingesting Flickr tags from the Commons back into our collection OPAC

Today we completed the circle. We have started presenting the tags that Flickr users have left on our images in the Commons on Flickr in their associated collection records in our online collection database. What this means is that the large number of tags added to our photographic collection in Flickr now are available in […]

Digitisation Metadata Web 2.0

Flickr Commons – mass exposure of historical images

As a lot of museums (and libraries) have been using Flickr in lightweight ways for various purposes from image storage to building community engagement for quite a while, it is exciting to see a new formal collaborative project between Flickr and a major institution launch. Flickr Commons is a project between Flickr and the US […]

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Augmented reality and the Powerhouse images in the Commons (or interesting things clever people do with your data #7215)

On Saturday night at our (very rainy) Common Ground meetup in Sydney, Rob Manson and Alex Young from BuildAR demonstrated the first version of their augmented reality mobile toolkit using images from the Powerhouse’s geocoded photographs in the Commons on Flickr. This work riffs around the early mashup from Paul Hagon where he combined the […]

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1000th Tyrrell image in the Commons (1265 released in total)

(Bayswater Rd, Darlinghurst, circa 1900) View Larger Map (Same location today-ish) Today we released 24 more images into our pool in the Commons on Flickr. That wouldn’t be such a milestone – we release more each week – but we’ve finally released the 1000th image from the Tyrrell photographic collection. We’ve now got 1,265 of […]

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Impact of the Commons on image sales at the Powerhouse

As many readers know, Paula Bray, our manager of Visual and Digitisation Services, has been working on a paper for Museums and the Web looking at the impact of the Commons on Flickr on our image sales business. Paula’s paper has been published over at Archimuse and if you are going to be in Indianapolis […]

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Powerhouse collection documentation goes Creative Commons

We’re happy to announce that as of today all our online collection documentation is available under a mix of Creative Commons licenses. We’ve been considering this for a long time but the most recent driver was the Wikipedia Backstage tour. Collection records are now split into two main blocks of text. The first section is […]