Useful sites (weekly)

Imagecodr – Attributing your CC Flickr images

My colleague Tania Sheko sent me a useful link this week. It was for a tool called ImageCodr. At the moment it only works with Flickr images but it is a great start.

I have been in Year 7 classes over the past few weeks. I have been showing them some of the ways they can better use some of the different search engines available to them. We have also been discussing plagiarism and when and how to quote. They have also been working on creating bibliographies that list all their information sources accurately. This has led onto questions about using images. The students, as well as staff, find it difficult to find and correctly use and attribute images (and music/sound). Many have never heard of Creative Commons although most know about copyright. They are all very interested in the CC sites and most like the idea of doing things that make them better digital citizens. One of the problems that many students have after they have located their images on the internet is understanding how to attribute correctly the images that they use.
Finding an image that has the licence best suited to their needs, getting the correct code for the image size required, giving the correct attributions with links back to the flickr page and the author’s profile can be difficult enough for teachers let alone students. This is where the ImageCodr tool comes in very handy. When I used it in my wiki the image was embedded with a clear CC logo, with the exact licensing terms for this specific image, as well as the name of the photographer and a link to their Flickr page. The image itself is linked to the image page, and correct alt text is used. You can you can see this when you hover over the image.  The CC logo links to the Creative website and the license explanation page are also there.

I showed the students how they can find flickr images.There is FlickrCC and FlickrStorm, Compfight and well as the Flickr searching option. (I have posted about how to use all of these previously). We also used Google to find images with CC licences. 

Note: You have the option of using the ImageCodr to search for images also. 

Once you have found an image in flickr you only need to copy the URL of the image and then insert this into the Get Code page at ImageCodr.

After pasting in the flickr code you hit the Submit Query button and in no time ImageCodr brings up a screen that gives you everything you need to embed the image. You have:

  • Information about the Creative Commons Licence attached to the image.
  • Options to select the image size you would like to embed and when you have done this.
  •  A HTML code, that includes all of the attribution details attached to the image, will then be generated.
  • Lastly you can see what the image and the attribution will look like. 

The code can be copied and inserted into the webspace.It did not work for this blog, does not like the code but it worked beautifully when I wanted to added images to the Shakespeare wiki I have been working on. I am sure that there will be an answer to this but I haven’t investigated it yet.

Even if you can’t paste the HTML code into something easily the information is very useful. The CC licences are very simply and clearly stated to  help you understand them. You can then use that information to decide how best you can use it, even if you have to add the image in a more arduous way.

Useful sites (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Useful sites (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Searching the internet – in real-time

Real-times searches are becoming another important part of internet searching. Searchers are looking for what people are sharing across real-time services whether they be social networks such as Twitter or Flickr or social bookmarking sites like Delicious, Digg, etc.

People are looking for the most up-to-date information available to them from news, blogs and Twitter and there are a number of search tools being created to do specifically that. Facebook  has a live news feed, twitter has a real-timer news feed but what’s more useful are the real-time, all-in-one search engines.

Scoopler is a search engine that allows you to search Delicious, Digg, Flickr and Twitter simultaneously. The look of the site is sparse but the functionality is quite good. It constantly indexes live updates from services such  Twitter, Flickr, Digg, Delicious and includes images, video, news and blog articles. Search for any topic, you will get results from the various live feeds of the web 2.0 environments. You can to choose “all results or image, video, links or the tweets you want to see from the topic you are interested. You can also choose a subject area first. Twitter feeds run down a column on the right of the screen. Alt-search engines has a post about Scoopler that discusses all its attributes. 

The “about” page says:

Scoopler’s mission is to make it easy to know what’s happening right now. Scoopler a is real-time search engine that gives you access to new information on the web faster than ever before. Give it a try and see for yourself. It works by listening in on everything that people are sharing across real-time services like Twitter, Digg, Delicious, Flickr and more. … to deliver the most up-to-date results available on the web.

OneRiot is a search engine tht pulls search results from Twitter, Dig and other social sharing services. The results are based on what issues are currently the most shared and discussed not based on “historical” data. You can choose to search the web or “video”. It also has a very “pared down” look to the site.

From the  about page:

OneRiot crawls the links people share on Twitter, Digg and other social sharing services, then indexes the content on those pages in seconds. The end result is a search experience that allows users to find the freshest, most socially-relevant content from across the realtime web.

There is again a good description about OneRiot and how it works on the Alt Search Engines site.

These two real-time search engines can be a good place for students (or staff) to easily find and track developments in current issues. Both allow to to attach an RSS feed to the search. I like showing students the history of a topic. To use tools such as wikipedia and twitter etc to show how information/news grows and developes and to discuss what is in official broadcasts and what may be cut out for all sorts of reasons. I like studnets to always see beyond headlines.

It is worth noting that Twitter Search is the other real-time searching tool that many people search  when they are looking for information. You can use this to have a look at what people are talking about  and sharing even if you do not have a Twitter account. Below are the reults when I searched “naplan”.  

Google also now offers real-time results as well and last early last year I have wrote a post about using search engine Icerocket.

is a much more complex site and it offers a lot more analysis of the data.When you visit this site the search tab option is, by default, set to ‘Blogs’ rather than ‘Web’, which is the second tab. They also have a ‘Twitter‘ search option as a tab. MySpace and News and images round out the tabs available to the searcher. You can also subscribe to the RSS option of your search.