ORB – Oregonian Research Blog

March 6, 2009

Friday ORB Roundup

Filed under: images,photo,ResearchWeb,roundup_bits,tips — Lynne @ 5:53 pm

August 22, 2008

Dipity Wilco Timeline

Dipity is an interactive timeline sharing website. Timelines can be created from scratch or by grabbing a feed (blogger, twitter, RSS).

Timeline entries can contain text, video, photos, or maps.

Viewing timelines can be tricky. The default view is a left to right scrolling view, but depending on the computer or browser you use you may or may not have a scroll bar. If you don’t have a scroll bar, you can drag the timeline, use your mouse scroll, or view full screen. Flipbook view is another option.

Dipity has also created some cool mashups. TimeTube uses your supplied word or phrase, then searches YouTube and generates a timeline based on the video creation dates. Tickr generates an interactive timeline using Flickr.

Anyone can create an account and build a timeline.  Dipity also allows mulitiple editors to work on a timeline. Here is a link to one I created for the band Wilco. The timeline is also available on OregonLive.

August 14, 2008

Popular Web 2.0 Sites Are Also Great Research Tools.

Filed under: photo,research,resources,video,web 2.0 — Lynne @ 12:47 pm

YouTube is widely known as a place to share funny videos. It is that, and so much more.

A couple of weeks ago, an editorial writer was looking for a transcript of a recent Bloomberg show in order to verify a quote. I could not find the actual transcript in our usual places. A search on Bloomberg’s site also came up empty. I decided to turn to YouTube, this time my search worked. It may not be the most popular video on YouTube but it met the writer’s needs, and in this instance I think viewing the actual program again was better then reading a transcript.

The photo sharing site, Flickr, is another popular web 2.0 tool. In addition to being a site for users to share personal photographs, the site is widely used as a photo repository for bloggers and news outlets.

Last month Brent Hunsberger was reporting on Nike’s Hyperdunk ads. When Nike decided to withdraw their ads, W+K also removed them from their web site. There were 3 ads in all. Brent had a copy of one but needed to see the other two fast, so he asked for help. I was able to find all the ads on Flickr.

In short, it is time to start thinking of these popular web 2.0 sites as valuable information retrieval tools. You will be amazed at what you can find.

January 17, 2008

Filed under: Library of Congress,photo,web 2.0 — Lynne @ 9:12 pm

Library of Congress partners with Flickr!
From LOC’s blog: The project is beginning somewhat modestly, but we hope to learn a lot from it. Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos from two of our most popular collections are being made available on our new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.

The real magic comes when the power of the Flickr community takes over.

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