Innovation in Assembly (IIA) – Flickr

21 03 2010


Personally, this basically means that web developers don’t really have to produce the exact required data. The developer will create an application that allows the users to decide which among these data might be applicable for their specific needs. Only when the user has decided what they want and need then the data will be assembled accordingly. This is critical because the systems need to have the right platform in order to perform a convenient and seamless IIA. However if the system fails to provide such service it will be too tedious to get information such as, videos, pictures, and documents from all over the web.

There are various website that integrates IIA in the World Wide Web and Flicker is a perfect example. It is a mash up ecosystem of different applications that provide image and video hosting, web services suite, and networking on online community. It is a popular website used by a lot of users who share through embedding personal photographs on their own website. The service is widely used by bloggers to host images and videos by embedding it into their blogs and social media. In addition, people working in companies and users at home don’t have to create their own photos or videos; they can use online resources that have already been provided online. As an example, instead of taking a new photo and video of a Sunflower, users can search existing resources on Flickr and Youtube.

Although Flickr is a very resourceful website that provides IIA it does pose some issues. We all know any online services that hosts content raises questions about the reliability of its service and terms of use. It is an important issue to consider when it is used for higher educational purposes. The reliability of the photos being tagged needs to be precise in order to avoid potential confusion and false information. This limits Flickr’s usefulness in teaching and learning. As with any user creating taxonomy, or “falksonomy ,” Flickr’s tags are subjected to mistakes. As an example, there are thousands of photos with the tagged term “Austraila”, and anyone who searches “Australia” spelled properly will not find these photos. Another issue would be accidentally or deliberately giving the wrong taxonomy to photos which will make it difficult for users to search for the correct photos. Furthermore, despite its limitations, the vast majority of remarks are very positive and escalating in an exponential rate. This is because Flickr depends on its community to regulate itself for the copyright violations, reliability of information, and invasion of privacy.
 
 
References:

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flickr
  • http://www.flickr.com/
  • http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7034.pdf
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