It’s amazing what you can get if you show a bit of interest. Simon Harriyott had spoken with the guys at Flickr about their brilliant ‘machinetags’ service in connection with our http://openplaques.org/ project and now we have an official Flickr machinetag. Read about it on the Flickr Dev blog.
What this means is that if any photos of plaques are given a Creative Commons license and tagged with an openplaques id in the format “openplaques:id=<id>” then a link to the openplaques.org record will appear on the Flickr site itself with the wording from the inscription.
In turn, the tagged photo on Flickr will then be displayed on the corresponding plaque page on our website! It can take up to 24 hours before the image appears on our site, so don’t panic if you don’t see it instantly.
The image below is an example of a photo on Flickr.
The image below is of the Tags section for that photo on Flickr. It shows the machinetag “openplaques:id=975″ and a link that gets generated on the Flickr site “This is an Open Plaques site: Immediately to the south of this building….”
The machinetag enables our openplaques server to directly identify photographed plaques and pull in any metadata such as the geographical position (if it’s been placed on a Flickr map).
We are of course immensely proud to be one of only half a dozen sites to have an official Flickr machinetag. As Simon said when I blogged about this on my own blog, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get!”.