A key concept underlying Flickr and
similar services is that photos are annotated with metadata, ranging from information about the
photographer, location, and date, to lists of keyword tags and names of
people in the photos. The metadata associated with photos, combined
with the relationships among the metadata items themselves, can make it
possible to organize and explore the huge number of photos maintained by
these services. But, what should a user interface for accessing photos
through their metadata look like and how should it behave? In this project,
design teams developed an answer to that question by building a Flex
application that allows users to explore images using the Flickr API.
The applications took advantage of the methods that use the tags associated
with photos and the relationships among tags. The applications also had to
support the use of at least one of the following kinds of metadata: people, favorites,
The following projects were presented at end of the
is a web application designed for users who are mostly interested in
random picture browsing. It features related photo searching by the
"tag" and "gallery" metadata, provided by the Flickr API. The main focus
of this application lies in its ability to perform "linked content
browsing". The user can view related pictures linked by relevant tag or
gallery without losing track of how they got there, for the
visiting history will always indicate the path and allow the user to
jump back to any previously viewed content. RandomPick also provides features
like photo detail view, slide show, and most interesting/recent
galleries. With a concise and minimized design, RandomPick is an ideal
tool for anybody who enjoys "PICK a theme and browse RANDOMLY".
(Xueying Lu, Song Yang, Yigang Zhang, and Ziyi Zhang)
is a Flickr image browser that allows users to search for photos using one or more keywords. Once the user selects a photo, they can
iteratively browse photos with a related tag. Users of the application
can view photos, as well as add and remove them from their favorites.
(Ethan Hann, Jiaying Xu, Zack Sheppard, and Yufei Liu)
Flicks-on-Flickr. The application
provides the user with the ability to access photos for the query entered. When the user searches for
a query, a list of
photos for the photo query is returned to the user. A set of
related tags is also given to the user, with which he can conduct
(Astha Malik, Neerja Pancholi, Siddharth Patil, and Urvish Desai)
is a Flickr photo browser that focuses on the relationship among
different tags. The user can search based on tags, and get photo lists based
on related tags. Slides view is also enabled to allow user have a
better experience when browsing photos. The photo list can also be
regrouped based on authors, so that the user has the ability to browse
photos that are published by a single author. Our aim is to make browsing photos easier, but more efficient.
(Haochen Liu, Haomin Zhu, Nan Luo and Tianchen Li)
is a simple photo views provided to Flickr users to search and iterate
through Flickr database of photos. Using this tool, users can search via
photo providers' usernames or photo tags. Users are given the freedom to
iterate in Flickr through clicking on related tags to different photos.
This tool has a simple design, but works well, especially for those
interested in skimming photos in Flickr.
FlickrGOLD is an application designed to help senior citizens browse
photos of their friends and family on Flickr, and perform searches of
Flickr's entire collection of images. Its interface includes
senior-friendly features such as large font size and icons, limited use
of text, geometric distortion, reduced typing and clicking, easily
accessible Help documentation, minimalist design, and unified layout.
In Contact mode, users can limit their search to photos taken of and by
their friends, relatives, and other contacts. In Global mode, they
can search for images in all of Flickr. The user's contacts always
remain on the screen, preventing older users from getting lost in the
vastness of the Flickr collection.
(Stefanie Weisman, Vikram Sunkavalli, Mikhail Aronov, and Alexander Golec)
This application is a tool
intended to help a wide variety of users find very specific images. By using
a unique search algorithm, users can use the tag browser to visually
combine relevant tags to pare down results to a set of appropriate images.
Further, when a user finds a image he/she likes, it can be saved onto the
clipboard by dragging the image over the Clipboard region. Also, users can
search all images by an author by dragging an image into the author region.
(Carmine Elvezio, Manisha Bans, Stephen Chao, and Josh Mitchell)
PandaPix is an application that encourages dynamic browsing of Flickr
photos grouped by tag.
Also, it offers multiple levels of detail beginning with a minimal,
intuitive interface that also affords
users the ability to acquire more detail if desired. Through
our interface, a user can search either by a specific tag or start browsing immediately by clicking on one
of our pre-determined suggested tags. When browsing begins, a radial display of
the tag in question, as well as its related tags, is shown. Through this
interface, users can browse through thumbnails of photos associated with the main tag, click on a relevant
tag to explore it, or click on a thumbnail to fetch more details on an image.
When a thumbnail is clicked, an Image Detail pane is opened, which provides more information on
the image, its associated tags, and the owner's favorite photos, as well as links
to associated flickr.com pages for further exploration. Our application also provides a
Tag History tracking feature, which allows users to keep track of their browsing
history and return to a previous tag if desired. The application aims to provide streamlined
tag relevancy browsing as well as providing users with multiple options to search for tags, encouraging freedom of usability
and a fluid browsing experience.
(Yi Yang, Yiwei Gu, Quan Yuan, Janessa Det)
PhotoLinks is a tag-related explorer that will display the search
results in a circular layout. The most related tag photos will be in the
center of the circle, with up to eight related tag photos which form
one friendly and pretty circle. By moving the mouse on the center photos, PhotoLinks will zoom in
on the selected photos so that the user can get a better
view of the photos. The user can view the big photo with one simple click;
it is also convenient for viewing photos by the same author. PhotoLinks
is a simple, easy-to-use, but powerful, tag-related photo viewer.
(Yilei Yang, Yifu Zheng, Peiti Li and Taotao Li )
The photo-sharing service Flickr hosts more than five billion images,
and the vast majority of the
service's users access these images through Flickr’s own web frontend at
http://www.flickr.com. This web
frontend, however, is inadequate in certain important
respects. Chief among these, it fails to provide an intuitive interface
for exploring relations among
tags associated with hosted images. This was one of the primary impetuses for the design of FlickrVis.
With its Tag Graph interface, FlickrVis provides a simple and powerful means of
visualizing and exploring relationships among tags associated with images hosted on Flickr.
FlickrVis also provides intuitive tools for exploring relationships
among people that appear in these photographs, and gives
the user transparent access to the metadata bound to photographs hosted on Flickr.
FlickMeUp is a Flickr-based photo exploration application, in which
users can explore and discover new images. Users can enter a search
term and view the resulting images. What makes this different from
other photo applications is that it suggests to the user what other pictures
he might be interested in. This may appeal to people with specific
interests because they can explore pictures in fields that they find
appealing. In addition, if the user likes the photographer of a
particular picture, FlickMeUp allows him to view other pictures posted by
that same Flickr user.
(Jesse Bentert, John Graham, Vaibhav Pendse, and Ketaki Kulkarni)
The following projects were presented at end of the semester.