An interactive timeline taking images straight from over 100 different institutions on Flickr Commons using the Flickr API
This is a great example of how easy it can be to throw together a visualisation tool when you have the three magic ingredients
- good content with good metadata
- a good API to query and extract the content
- an open source tool to display it
In the interface I added the facility to select just images for any one institution, but then you’re dependent on who has spent the most time fine tuning their metadata, specifically setting the ‘date taken’ attribute. National Library of Ireland are a stand out example here.