Thursday, December 19, 2013

Did You Know? Flickr CC Attribution Helper (Updated)

Did you know that there WAS a Google Chrome Extension that helped you give proper attribution to images on Flickr? Well, there was and it was called Flickr CC Attribution Helper ... and it was awesome!

Unfortunately, the most recent update on Flickr does not allow for this chrome extension to work properly. Luckily, the creator, Alan Levine, was able to create a new solution to this problem by creating the new and improved Flickr CC Attribution Helper. I highly recommend reading Alan's blog post that describes the Flickr CC Attribution Helper tool that he created in greater detail.

For those of you who like to blog, or use images for different projects and presentations, this tool is perfect for you.  As an Instructional Technology Coach, I try my best to educate teachers and students on how to give proper attribution to various sources of multimedia.  And one great resource is Creative Commons licensed photos on Flickr.

While its relatively easy to find these pictures on Flickr, its not as easy to find and give proper attribution to the owners of the images.  However, the Flickr CC Attribution Helper makes this process very easy and efficient.

How it works

All you have to do is visit the Flickr CC Attribution Helper website, then click and drag the blue flickr cc attribution helper button down at the bottom, to your web browser's bookmark bar. You could also choose to copy the bookmarklet code in bookmarklet code box if you would prefer to create your attributions manually.




Here is an example

Simply visit Flickr and type your search in the search box.  After you search, you will notice a little "Advanced Search" button appear.  Click on "Advanced Search" to locate the Creative Commons search settings.





Then, scroll down to the bottom of the Advanced Search page and check the Creative Commons box.  I personally just use the pictures that I find so I check the "use commercially" box.  However, if you are interested in searching for pictures that you can "modify, adapt, or build upon", you can also check the second box.




Now, when you complete your search, and select the image that you want to use, all you have to do is click on the Flickr CC Attribution Helper bookmarklet that you have added to your browser.





If you want to use that image, then simply copy and paste either the Attribution (HTML) string, or the Attribution (text) and link to use in your webpage, or presentation.




Finally, when you have the picture you want, and the proper attribution, simply insert the image into your website or presentation and include the Attribution text and link.  The picture below was found using Advanced Search on Flickr and was properly cited using the Flickr CC Attribution Helper.


cc licensed (BY-ND) flickr photo by The Eggplant


Now that you know

  1. The next time you need to use an image for your next blog post or presentation, consider using the Flickr CC Attribution Helper.
  2. How might you model this skill to encourage digital citizenship for your colleagues and students?

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