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Want a copy of the Geograph Archive? (by snail mail)

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

For the past few months I have been sending out copies of the Geograph Archive (all of it!) on USB hard disks.

If you are interested then let me know, plan to make an order for blank hard disks early next week.

I plan to offer these at £60 a piece – postage to the UK included. Depending on postage worldwide, might be slightly more, quote on request. Which is pretty close to cost.

The drives will be 640G, and include about 490Gb of jpgs. (about 2222222 files) The database and code is included, but that can also be downloaded from online. Probably these.

… With an added twist, will send it completely free (I’ll finance it myself) if you promise to make an application to view the images off the disk (ie works entirely offline). This would have be Open Source so it could be included on future disks, and downloadable for holders of disks already). More details of this on request.

Reusing Geograph Images

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The Creative Commons licence used for ALL (768,000+) Geograph Images was chosen for a very specific reason – it allows moneyification – helps preserve the archive forever – but it also makes the archive freely available to all – at least as long as reuse is attributed.

As evidenced by the number of images put in forums, blogs, and en-mass in sites like Wikipedia, there is clearly interest in reusing our images, but it its also clear there is some confusion on how to credit photos, and many people also hotlink images directly from the Geograph Servers.

To make it easier we have recently introduced a new page that helps explain the requirements, however as its linked directly from each photo it can be aware of the photo in question, it can also provide snippets of code ready for copy/pasting.

We currently have HTML, code for BB-compatible forums, Creative-Commons RDF matadata, even Wikipedia templates. Example here, look for the link under the big image on the main photo page.

This last entry is particularly new and interesting – this outputs three Wikipedia templates, making sure the image has the maximum amount of the data we have available – this includes the information box (title, links and licence), geotagging, as well as the specific Geograph Template.

Suggestions for other snippets welcome….

Also while here will also mention we have created a Google Gadget, which makes it easy to embed a small selection of Geograph Images in any webpage, or iGoogle itself. To change the selection, run a suitable search on Geograph and copy the i number from the url into the Gadget preferences.