Who views my photos, why, how often, what brings them here?
Every day or so I check with Flickr to see what is being viewed the most, and what has been viewed the most overall.
Oddly, my most viewed image has more than ten times the views of the next most viewed, and to me is a fairly boring bland photo. Linking to it here would only drive the view count up higher, so I won’t!
From the “Not quite the semantic web department” come a semi-standard use of Flickr’s machine tags to label images with the genus and species.
For example, my photos of the Laughing Kookaburra, would be tagged with:
taxonomy:genus=Dacelo taxonomy:binomial=Dacelo_novaeguineae Hmm, I wonder if there are other conventions for kingdom, phylum, class, order and family?
http://pigsonthewing.wordpress.com/2008/07/04/triple-tags-on-twitter/ Revisited – <2008-08-05 Tue> Continuing the conversation with myself — a possible sign of madness — and answering my own question from above, here are all the semi-standard taxonomy tags for the Wedge-tailed Eagle:
I’ve been importing my photos into Adobe Photoshop Album over the last few years, entering titles and tagging the images. The titles go into the images in the EXIF header, but the tags and other information is held in Adobe’s proprietary database. I can extract the EXIF:ImageDescription with python or perl, and some of the other image viewers will display it … some, but not all. My latest experiments have been with Google’s picasa, or more specifically, the beta version from http://picasaweb.
Not sure what I think of tags. I think they’re a poor mans metadata, for those people to lazy to properly annotate things, or those developers too lazy to develop decent interfaces to allow proper annotation. I’ve already had a run-in with the multiple possibilities of Victoria, for example. Today I tagged a fotothing foto that had contained a lion, then looked for other lions. I got told that similar tags included dandelion, sealion, and pavilion.
Poking around on Flickr, there seems to be some consensus on tagging images with the Australian postcode in the form pcNNNNN, I guess it’ll have to do until there are tools around that can put the location information into the EXIF headers in a defined way, read it back out, and pass the results around. Plain tags just don’t have enough context — is Victoria a girl’s name, a state in Australia, or a city in British Columbia in Canada?
Daylight saving started yesterday, another round of clock changes. Although after April’s decision the camera is one less that needs to be touched. Just what is the preferred way of timestamping images though? The EXIF data doesn’t seem to have any provision for timezone information. 2004-10-29T22:50:42 or 2004-10-30T08:50:42+1000? I think I’ll stick with UTC inside all my photos, and fiddle it to and from local timezones in the RDF… Surely I’m not the only person who’s thought of this?
Flickr has a really distinctive and appealing way of visualising “tags” (keywords) on their photos. Something to keep in mind as a way of presenting the information I guess… [http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/]
Ouch! Canon’s ZoomBrowser program crashed while starting this morning and deleted the entire database of photos on the laptop. Luckily it didn’t touch the photos themselves, just the database of details. Thanks Mr Canon — good thing I don’t use it to record titles, dates, etc…
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.