Many of you already use photo sharing sites, to upload, store, share and display digital pictures.
We run a Flickr feed column in the sidebar of the Emerge front page. Flickr was brought by Yahoo in March 2005, and is described on Wikipedia as
“…a photo sharing website and web services suite, and an online community platform, which is generally considered an early example of a Web 2.0 application.
In addition to being a popular Web site for users to share personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers as a photo repository. Its popularity has been fueled by its innovative online community tools that allow photos to be tagged and browsed by folksonomic means.”
Flickr has plenty of educational applications. The site hosts a number of educational groups, such as the Second Life and Education. I can be used to house tutorials, such as this one from Alan Levine on using the annotation tool. It can be used to build presentations or to document events or activities.
How can you contribute to or use Flickr over at the Emerge site?
If you have a Flickr account you can:
1. Tag your Emerge project related pictures jisc-emerge – this will mean that they show up on the project site. Using the comment’s box to let people know why you’ve submitted it to the project will be useful for everyone!
2. Join the Emerge photo pool - - this way you can post photos to the group without them necessarily running across the site’s front page (they won’t unless you also tag them).
Whether you have a Flickr account or not, you can run Flickr feeds (or any other kind of feed) through a widget and put it on your Emerge profile.
First, add a feed to your account by clicking on the My Feeds button on the navigation bar that appears at the top of every page, once you are logged on to the site. The Emerge Flickr feed is:
Copy and paste this in to the subscribe to a new feed field and click subscribe.
Then head over to your profile using the Your Profile button (again in the top navigation bar) and select Manage Widgets. Add a Feed Widget to either your left or right column by dragging and dropping the Feed Widget box, and then finish off by using the editor that will appear below by selecting the feed you want to use (in this case, Emerge Photo Pool), the number of pictures you’d like to display and the access level – public, shared or private.
You can re-edit the widget either by returning to the Edit Widgets page, or by simply clicking on the edit icon that appears under each widget on your profile page.