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Image repository available

October 20th, 2008 by tamuwebmaster

So here it is–an image repository for campus communicators, designers, developers and presenters. Basically, what we did was go through our immense share of campus images and have put up the best ones that fit what our visual identity is all about. These are by no means all of them, but a representative start.

As you can tell by some of the functionality, we are using flickr as the back end and Ben has coded up a nice interface by which you can search or browse. We’ve tried our best to tag, geotag and categorize to keep them in order. We’ve put them in and offer the images in a variety of sizes including the maxed, biggest original we could find. Our plan is to continue adding new shots into the repository, and eventually to hook into other departments/colleges flickr accounts.

What we want is a good representative sample of managed shots from around campus for all of us to be able to manage and access. For example, research shots with people and test tubes, burners and chemicals. There are some really good ones but if the subjects aren’t wearing the right protective gear, then that shot is unusable. I’d like the research folks to have a flickr accoiunt that we can pull from and get the best of the best research shots.

And it’s not just research. If Admissions or the Visitors Center is wanting to do something on Liberal Arts, it’d be nice to have images that Liberal Arts approves of. So we’d like to begin looking down the line to incorporate your feeds into the repository.

But at the same time, we want this to be “cream of the crop” type repository so it’s not the 266 “grip and grins” from the last potluck. We want them to be images that have use and reuse across campus.

So take a look and give us some feedback. If we are missing a category or you’d like to see others, let us know, so we can do some looking. And if you want to join the fun, a Flickr Pro account is only $25 a year, and Ben is looking at being able to use other sources as well. The site is only viewable by on-campus or VPN users. We’re not ready to unleash this on the world yet.

Monday, October 20th, 2008 Image repository
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