Exploring Ways of Searching Flickr

Over the past year or so colleague blogs, tweats and feeds have highlighted and recommended a number of interesting ways to search the online image sharing space Flickr. In my day to day classroom work I use images a great deal to support and stimulate the talking for writing process, and as visual starting points for reading activities and inferential tasks. Flickr is a fabulous source for this so I thought I'd pull together one or two of my favourite colleague pickups and tools here, while taking a break from other things.

Recently Angela Maiers pointed out the Idee Multicolr Search Lab that uses colour recognition to sort and group search returns, and retrievr that uses doodles and sketches or uploaded images to search, retrievr does return some interesting finds and interpretations, though perhaps isn't as appealing as the outcomes from Idee.

Spell with Flickr is one of my personal favourites, here you enter a word, and after a short wait, if available image tiles are returned, from Flickr that match your search, along with the embed code enabling the images to be used in other web spaces.

Joe Dale has also published a number of posts around flickr and FlickrStorm. FlickrStorm uses words or phrases and I really like this tool, it seeems no mater how abstract you think your keyword is, someone somewhere has tagged or partially tagged an image to match, really useful for mood images, atmospherics and metaphor, though great when you simply want to find a quality image of something particular, and the Google Image search simply doesn't cut it.

John Johnston has developed a tool he calls the Simple Flickr CC Search Toy, that cleverly searches fickr, and returns images with their creative common's attribution information. Clicking on the thumbnail of the image of choice, provides an embed code for the image, including a backlink to it's source, and the terms of the CC License. This is a really cool tool.

Within the flickr community itself, people have also organised themselves into groups to share images around a common theme. Last Autumn I discovered the Nine Group, who share images that are all related to the number nine. At the time my thoughts flew to the opportunities this opened as a starting point for investigational work in Mathematics.

How would you use your

S E A23 r-ca C H Returns?

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