Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Sharing Information - Week #8

Watch this video: People that use Flickr, go to Hawaii (Maybe you'll get an invite for next year’s meet up!!)


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Week 8 (yes, I know this is week #8, sometimes things change)

Let’s start this week off with a field trip to Flickr. Flickr is a website that allows users to upload digital pics from their computer and share them with just their friends or the whole entire planet. Users can “tag” an image with key words that describe the picture. This allows people to search Flickr for pictures that interest them by entering tag words into the search window. What a great way for the whole world to see just how cute your kids really are!!!

Once you open Flickr, either log in (because you already have an account) or click the red Sign Up button and create your own free account. Once you are in, type OCLS into the search box at the top of the screen and take a look at the pics that have been tagged with OCLS. See if you can find my pictures. See if you can find my account profile.


OK, you have looked for some work stuff; now let’s look for some fun stuff. I imagine you could search for Disney, but how about searching for the tag skateboards instead? There are 85,000 pictures of skateboards, 45000 of skateboards +pool, but only 12 of skateboards +pool +Dogtown. You just might want to see the pics of Tony Alva still carving the pool in his mid 40s. Talk about stoked!! Ok, so skateboards aren’t your thing, go see what you can find.

Creative Commons
Now that you have had a chance to browse for a few moments, think about how you would feel if someone took your photo and made a poster out of it and sold it. Not too happy I would guess, and rightfully so. To help protect the artist’s rights, Creative Commons was created to provide artists the ability to put work out into cyber space but still have control of how their work is consumed by the public. Here is more info about Creative Commons from Wikipedia.org

Examples of websites that use Creative Commons to protect their work:

    Public Library of Science – scroll to the very bottom of the page and click the "Creative Commons Attribution License" link to see how they use CC.


    Flickr – look at this photo that I took. If you look to the right of the pic, under Additional Information, you will see two small icons and the link “some rights reserved”. Click the link to see how I used Creative Commons to both protect and share my work.


    Learn 2.0 - the original version of Learn 2.0 was created by the Public Library of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County. They licensed the course so that we, and as you saw last week, a whole bunch of other libraries, could use it. By agreeing to their licenses terms in Creative Commons, we also agree to allow others to use this content. You can see our license here



eXplore – Take some digital pictures of your location, department or co-workers. With your managers approval, upload the pics to your Flickr account, tag with "101Central" (OCLS has been used) and share. Make sure the pictures are public, or we won’t be able to see them. This can be a group activity, so an entire branch or department can upload images. Please respect the privacy of our patrons - no pics of kids or adult faces.


Share – Post a blog entry that discusses this course. Think about on-line learning – do you like it? Why or why not? Without mentioning names, have you offered to help anyone? Has someone helped you? How? Are you part of a team working on this together? How is that working out? Did you reach out to another location? Realize that this is all part of a larger program called Life.exe. In Life.exe, we all have to work together, and when we do, we all benefit. Sort of Hippy logic, I know, but it is something I believe in. (what did you expect from someone that thinks Tony Alva is cool?)


Adventure – Create a Protopage, tag it with OCLS, save and share it. This is a moderate challenge.

17 comments:

DeeryLou said...

I like your photos on Flickr. My favorite is the one of the polar bear's backside. I think bear bottoms are so cute. My cat has a really cute rump!

Unforgettable JM said...

Polar Bear is a Beer Brand in Venezuela. Check it out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empresas_Polar

Anonymous said...

Sometimes these lessons are very frustrating because we're being asked to complete tasks without the proper tools. If you don't have a digital camera or access to a computer with an administrative log-in it's seems impossible to complete this week's lesson.

OCLS Learn 2.0 said...

Yes, it can be frustrating solving problems. Part of the lack of detail is to enable 15 different locations to bend the learning to fit their own environment and needs. Another part of the lack of detail is to encourage the learners to figure out how to over come the challenge. There are 309 people taking this course, someone has figured it out. Collaboration is part of the answer.

Tom

DeeryLou said...

I uploaded my photos to Flickr and tagged them "101Central", but when I search everyone's photos by 101Central mine aren't there. I see other people's photos but not mine. Did I do something wrong?

Todd said...
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Todd said...

@deerylou

"When you sign up for Flickr, your account is marked as "pending" until Flickr administrators review it to make sure you aren't posting offensive images or junk downloaded from the Web.

Once you've uploaded 5 public photos, your account will enter the queue for review. If you're uploading what we consider to be "safe" content, your account should be reviewed within a day or two. If you're uploading content that may violate our Community Guidelines, review could take an additional 7 - 10 business days to be completed.

While your account is pending, your photos won't show up in public photo lists, like Everyone's Photos, pages that display all photos with a certain tag (e.g.) or on the public map for a Flickr group."

Unforgettable JM said...

You can always ask a Tech if you got questions... ;)

DeeryLou said...

Thank you todd! I just uploaded my 5th photo today, so I shall wait to see if I'm deemed "safe" by the powers that be...

Danny, Iggy, and Molly said...

I am not sure was Live.Exe is. I googled this and came up with several possibilities. Does everyone else know what this is?

cyber_butterfly said...

I really liked this course. I didn't know about the creative commons or the websites that use them. Thanks for that, I was always afraid of posting my pictures on the Internet.

cyber_butterfly said...

Hey Danny, Iggy, and Molly Life.exe is like Tom's term of living our life better. .exe is a type of file that executes itself when you open it. So, if we "execute" life by helping others, working as a team, etc. everybody will benefit. At least, that's what I guess it can be.

OCLS Learn 2.0 said...

Bingo Cyber Butterfly! Thank you for helping me out of that one!

bobbie's cat said...

This course has been a challenge for me, the folks that I work with are extremely supportive and helpful to each other and I can always ask for help. I get a little behind and than I catch up. I feel that just having been exposed to the contents of this course at least gives me a concept of what is going on in the cyberworld. Thanks for the opportunity.
Bobbie's cat

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