[OSM-talk] Flickr Now Supports OSM Tags

Dan Karran dan at karran.net
Sat Oct 3 00:29:49 BST 2009

2009/10/1 Aaron Straup Cope <straup at gmail.com>:

> 1) We're thrilled people like OSM machine tag stuff. I would love to
> hear suggestions and wish lists. I won't promise anything, here, but the
> entire thing did start with Frankie's wacky suggestion.

It's great to see these linked up. I went through a chunk of my photos
and added OSM IDs, and I think the first thing I'd add to a wish list
would be linking through to multiple entities. It's possible to
reference a node and a way (e.g. [1]) and have both of those show up,
but not multiple nodes, or multiple ways (well, they can be referenced
as tags still, but it'd be nice to have them show up as links through
to OSM).

For example, I'd love to reference both the statue and the clock in
this[2] photo and have it link through with both 'Winston Churchill is
a statue in OpenStreetMap' and 'Big Ben is a tourist attraction in
OpenStreetMap'. Oh, "tourism = attraction" would be good to pick out
as a tag well, as that's currently just listed as a feature. Would it
also be possible to pick up the 'name' tag, even if you don't
recognise the type of object (e.g. 'Big Ben is a feature in
OpenStreetMap') and put the link on the name?

For photos that haven't yet been geotagged, but have been linked up
with OSM, could you give a shortcut for the user to pull a location
back for those, to add to the photo? I'm not sure there's enough
benefit in this for it to be worth implementing, but just a thought.

What would be even cooler (and probably not too easy to implement :)
would be a widget that searched through the OSM dataset when a user
geotagged their photo, for items near that location that had some
fuzzy matching with the tags they had added to the photo. If it finds
anything that may be related (e.g. match up a 'castle' tag in Flickr
with a 'tourism=castle' tag in OSM), give the user a list of
possibilities and an option to say 'yes, this is a photo of Peel
Castle, please link the photo up to the cool OpenStreetMap project'.

[1] http://www.flickr.com/photos/londondan/46551630/
[2] http://www.flickr.com/photos/londondan/2354694920/


Dan Karran
dan at karran.net

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