Chapter 7

Uses for Digital Content Sharing Platforms 1

7.1. Introduction

The aim of our investigation of photo sharing platforms is to reuse the images taken from our audiovisual resources as we have done with the photo album on our Facebook account1. This is because we want to attract users from these platforms to visit our archives on the ArkWork portal. As part of this investigation, we have decided to use the two most popular image sharing platforms, namely Flickr and Twitpic.

As we have already seen (see Chapter 6), the ArkWork portal contains a collection of videos which were analyzed and indexed in detail. There are several ways of accessing these resources, for example, by subject, location, chronology, and so on.

Using video sharing platforms is a possible solution for promoting this archive and enabling different users such as amateurs, professionals, teachers, students, and researchers to view, work with and use this corpus. We will experiment using the three most popular platforms (YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo) to compare their different features and make our videos more accessible and employable in different contexts.

7.2. Flickr

The hosting site Flickr enables the users to upload images and videos and categorize them, attach descriptions, and link (or tag) them using key words. This can then be used in advanced searches by, for example, place or subject. Flickr also enables us to geographically index (or geotag) images and videos (for 90 seconds) by placing them ...

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