Flickr Case Study: C. Harrington’s Yellow Cedar

From: Jessel, Tanner – FS
Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2016 4:56 PM
To: Miner, Cynthia L -FS < >
Cc: Sands, Yasmeen S -FS < >
Subject: Flickr Case Study: C. Harrington’s Yellow Cedar

Hi Cindy,

As part of the lab web content project, I spoke with Connie Harrington today via phone.

Connie has shared several photographs that we can use on the new web site.

She also mentioned that she has an online resource that is heavily dependent on photographic records: Yellow Cedar Photography project.

Her current solution is to import the photos by location as a photo gallery into PowerPoint, then export each PowerPoint gallery as PDF files.

She then uploaded each PDF to the web:

http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/olympia/silv/YellowCedar/ycedarCover.html

There are 9 total “location” collections, and one “damage” collection.

All told, she reports there are about 1,000 images.

I believe these photos are a good candidate for demonstrating the use of Flickr to manage photographic records produced during the course of PNW research.

Flickr is especially useful for this project due to the availability of geographic information for each photo.

Connie’s Yellow Cedar could be grouped into albums by location, and also displayed on a map, provided that the geographic information from each photo is preserved.

I told Connie I’d run this application by you and Yasmeen.

I had two ideas for how it might work:

1. Option One give researcher direct access to upload photos via the Station Flickr account, CAP offers assistance / moderates submitted content as needed.

2. Option Two use the PNW Sharepoint site to transfer photos from lab / scientist to Yasmeen, then have Yasmeen do the actual uploading to Flickr.

I suspect there may be other ways to do this.

For now, I think it’s good to note that Connie’s project may prove a useful case study of how CAP could help station scientists manage and share photographic records with Flickr.

Thanks,

Tanner

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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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