Introducing Similarity Search at Flickr

17/03/2017 by

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At Flickr, we understand that the value in our image corpus is only unlocked when our members can find photos and photographers that inspire them, so we strive to enable the discovery and appreciation of new photos.

To further that effort, today we are introducing similarity search on Flickr. If you hover over a photo on a search result page, you will reveal a “…” button that exposes a menu that gives you the option to search for photos similar to the photo you are currently viewing.

In many ways, photo search is very different from traditional web or text search. First, the goal of web search is usually to satisfy a particular information need, while with photo search the goal is often one of discovery; as such, it should be delightful as well as functional. We have taken this to heart throughout Flickr. For instance, our color search…

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OGIS Releases its Fiscal Year 2016 Report

15/03/2017 by

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Operation Data Liberation

12/03/2017 by

“Don’t let the fact that you don’t know everything keep you from doing the things you can do right now.”

Civic Innovations

jenga Image courtesy of Flickr user antonymayfield. View license here.

I’ve had the opportunity recently to talk to people in several different city governments that are facing a common challenge — how to liberate operational data from a legacy system.

This is a challenge that lots of city governments face, and it strikes me that there are some common lessons that can be derived from cities that have gone down this road already for those that are still trying to figure out the right approach.

The following suggestions are crafted from my own experience as a municipal government official charged with making data more widely available, and those of people in similar positions that I’ve had a chance to speak with.

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Operation Data Liberation

12/03/2017 by

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Designing CSV files

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Designing CSV files

10/03/2017 by

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A couple of the projects I’m involved with at the moment are at a stage where there’s some thinking going on around how to best provide CSV files for users. This has left me thinking about what options we actually have when it comes to designing a CSV file format.

CSV is a very useful, but pretty mundane format. I suspect many of us don’t really think very much about how to organise our CSV files. It’s just a table, right? What decisions do we need to make?

But there are actually quite a few different options we have that might make a specific CSV format more or less suited for specific audiences. So I thought I’d write down some of the options that occured to me. It might be useful input into both my current projects as well as future work on standard formats.

Starting from the “outside in”, we have decisions to make about all…

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Beyond the dam, a new vision for resilient communities

10/03/2017 by

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

By Lauri Munroe-Hultman

There was a time when small dams throughout the Northeast were the cores of their communities. Often the next major structure to be built after the church, the dam harnessed waterpower to process corn for sustenance and lumber for shelter. Later, dams produced energy to make textiles to be shipped far and wide, providing jobs and pumping dollars into local economies. Still others offered chances for recreation like swimming and fishing.

These days, many small dams have not only outlived their usefulness, they are liabilities for wildlife and local communities. Thousands in the Northeast are obsolete and not maintained. More than 25 percent are high-hazard, posing a big risk of failure that could flood nearby areas. Once central to community life, many dams are now barriers to progress, impeding economic growth, recreation, and tourism, while also blocking wildlife migration.

west-fork The removal of Two Lick Dam, one of…

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NDSR Symposium

09/03/2017 by

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Escaping From Reality

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Escaping From Reality

09/03/2017 by

A Cartographer's Story

Cartographer’s Story #3, by Jonah Adkins

Primer

My late twenties / early thirties were pretty great externally, both of my daughters were born and I didn’t have too much to complain about. Internally however,  was a different story. Somewhere in there I broke. I had developed some severe anxiety which was developing into agoraphobia. After many months, I was able to get some help to chill all that out while I worked on it. My new job as federal contractor started out pretty great, but I would soon realize it was actually so much worse, and it was sending me into a tailspin of feelings: my taxes pay for this! this will never change! you have to find another job! Finding an escape from this reality became a priority and I found it in running.

Running Away

I pretty much gave up on exercise when I took that first drag…

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