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New Commercial Image Source, Oh Joy!

Each week in Professional Communication and Presentation, I hold a live class session for my online student using GoTo Training. I look forward to these trainings; it’s one of my only chances to collaborate and communicate synchronously with the 50-75 students I teach each month. Another wonderful result of these weekly trainings is how much I learn from my students, particularly in terms of examples and resources. Last night, a student shared an alternative to my favorite Flickr search engine, Compfight.com. Photo Pin is similar to Compfight in that it uses Flickr’s API and creative commons selections to search for commercial content. The algorithms used by these sites are different: Compfight searches based on license, image tags, and originals; Photo Pin searches based on license, relevance to the search terms, interestingness (how is this determined?), and currentness. Both sites yield different results based on the same search term, which is refreshing as what might not work in one site may work in another. Photo Pin, like Compfight, offers a preview and popup downloading option. Compfight’s popup allows one to check the license directly, whereas Photo Pin redirects the user to the image’s flickr location (not necessarily a bad thing as often, one can find more images from a user this way).

One of the upsides to Compfight is that it lists the number of images available. Knowing this helps me determine whether or not my current search term is going to yield potentially fruitful results.

One of the upsides to Compfight is that it lists the number of images available. Knowing this helps me determine whether or not my current search term is going to yield potentially fruitful results.

 

Photo Pin's adjectival search (recent, relevance, interestingness) yields completely different results for the same search term, expanding the number of options significantly.

Photo Pin’s adjectival search (recent, relevance, interestingness) yields completely different results for the same search term, expanding the number of options significantly.

 

I will be using Photo Pin for my next project to test out it’s usefulness, but on first glance, it’s an excellent addition to the blogger/designer repertoire.

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Attribution matters: Lamar Smith’s attribution blunder

Yesterday, Keith Olbermann posted his Worse, Worse, and Worst list. Guess who was the worst: Lamar Smith, but not for the obvious reasons. Smith, author of SOPA, has apparently been using an image on his site without showing any attribution or giving credit to the creator of the photograph. According to his own proposed law, this would make him liable for copyright violations. Yesterday, our students got the bad news that yes, they were actually expected to follow instructions and show attribution on any images used in slides, and that not doing so earned them one letter grade lower on their final slide design scores. But, Smith’s blunder costs him more than just a letter grade.  Attribution matters people–not only does not giving credit when credit is due make one a plagiarizer, but it also completely damages one’s credibility. It’s also just plain lazy. How credible is Smith as a source of valid and correct information regarding piracy and copyright now? Here is Olbermann’s take on Smith, SOPA and attribution:

P.S. I also love his worser choice, Rush Limbaugh, someone who has never come up in a classroom conversation, and who I hope will remain firmly in the category of downright ineffective speakers. Olbermann on the other hand, just might be my choice for next month’s Qualities of Effective Speakers exercise.

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Flickr User to Favorite: andrea joseph’s illustrations

I ran across this amazing and breathtakingly gorgeous photostream by user andrea joseph. Andrea, who is an illustrator and author, shares over 900 images in her stream. Many of her images are Creative Commons (attribution-no derivatives-non-commercial), which makes them not only beautiful but usable! Thanks to awesome creators like andrea, users can have access to more high quality content to help drive their ideas to resonance! Yes!

This image was what drew me in. I was searching for "zen"

 

 

 

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