Flickr switch

I just came across a new document published by TASI, Using Flickr to Organise a Collection of Images. The advice is timely in light of the general discussion about using network-level services to manage or expose resources.

Whether you have a small number of photographs you would like to share privately with a few colleagues, or a larger collection you need to make more widely available, Flickr offers a possible alternative to setting up an in-house image database. [TASI :: News]

My eye was caught by this:

Once your images are on Flickr, how easy is it to get them back? What about any metadata/tags you have added? What if the site ceases to exist?

Flickr itself does not provide a batch download or ‘export from Flickr’ option. However, if you have a Pro account you can download originals individually. This method will not preserve any of the metadata (titles, descriptions, comments or tags) you have added.

There are a few third party applications that will batch download images, some of which will also export metadata but we haven’t tested them, e.g. FlickrEdit and FlickrDown. [TASI :: Advice | Finding and Using Digital Images | Using Flickr to Organise a Collection of Images]

2 thoughts on “Flickr switch”

  1. i only use flickr for my personal collection (around 1000 photos), but found it very easy to create incremental local backups (including metadata) by scripting to the flickr API.
    So i’d say that whoever is in the position to set up an “in-house image database” would also be up to the task of getting local backup of flickr collections working.

  2. Are there any other copyright options when storing images on flickr? The creative commons options that I was offered would not appeal if I was collating a db?
    As for future proofing, what application is 100% secure

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