Cataloguing in Gippsland

Musings of a Cataloguer at Large in Gippsland. Just personal thoughts - absolutely no bearing on the thoughts of any organisation with which I am working.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Using Flickr

I've been using Flickr for years, and love it. It is a free online site for photo-sharing, but you do not even have to dive in that deep. You can go over there right now, and browse other people's photos without even signing up.

Here are some for a start:

Stratford Historical Society

Maffra Historical Society

My own personal pages

and the really good one I "found" the other day:

Carnamah Historical Society in WA. They found me. When you find a member you want to see again, and see what they are uploading as they put up new photos, you add them as a "contact". Carnamah added my historical societies above, so I popped over to have a look at them (as you do, adding you as a contact is sort of an announcement that you are out there as well) and I was really impressed. They are organising a lot of photos into sets, making a very impressive web page.

So, to produce a webpage like this, you don't have to know how to write web pages. It is free, no matter how many photos you load, but you can only see the last 200 in your photostream. It doesn't cost much for an annual membership, and you can have as many as you want.


So when you find an excellent photo such as this one, you can just pop it up on Flickr, put details with it, link it to a blog (more about that next time), and generally have all sorts of fun with it. You can see the full post at Flickr HERE.

You can form sets of your photographs, such as this one of the Museum Restoration at Stratford, or Objects in the Collection.

But wait, there is more. You can form or join groups, to share all sorts of information. Here are some:

Places of Deposit (PODS)
- more members welcome!

Gippsland History - people welcome to post both old and new photos

Small Australasian Museums
- send your photos here.

Remember - the commonest thing that people search for on the internet, after their own name, is a town or place name. Especially if they are coming to visit. Good way to get your name out thee, and show locals what you are up to.

Go on, go and do it. Head over the

You will find all sorts of people there, such as the

Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV)

Australian War Memorial

Heritage Victoria

Kununurra Historical Society

and on it goes. You find someone you like, click on their profile, go to the bottom of their profile page, see who their contacts are, and you can make all sorts of discoveries.

It is what social media is all about.


Blogger Infolass said...

Good post. Remember that Libraries at all levels are represented on Flickr. Yarra Plenty Regional Library has a set managed by the Local History Librarian at:

September 1, 2011 at 3:02 AM  
Blogger Geniaus said...

Enjoyed the post, thanks.
I've added you to my RSS feeds and look forward to reading more form you.

September 1, 2011 at 3:22 AM  
Blogger Andrew S. Bowman said...

Thanks from the Carnamah Historical Society for the mention! We were most pleased to discover yours. It's great to see a few other Australian historical societies on Flickr.

We're following in the great example of the Kununurra Historical Society, and are hoping to add a lot more to Flickr in the coming months.

September 2, 2011 at 12:36 AM  

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