Creating a Flickr account was a lot easier than I thought. Mostly because of the fact that I already have a Yahoo! account to be used to log in for Flickr. And that was pretty much all I needed to have and do. The next part was just personalization of my Flickr account information and choosing my custom Flickr URL, which is something nice since I didn't have to use my Yahoo! account as part of my Flickr URL. So here is my Flickr account.
Flickr has a step by step thing on how to get started and I simply followed it, and after I entered the above information, I went to uploading my first images/photos. It was nice and neat, and not to mention, fast and organized. I was able to upload most of my images in bulk and it only took maybe a minute to finish uploading. Then I went ahead to giving them titles, descriptions and tags, which wasn't that much of a hard thing to do. I also did a little exploring around to check out other pictures of IST related pictures and found out that I had similar photos as others do. Then I decided to put all the pictures into a set so it'll be a little more organized. And after that, I rotated some pictures if they were at other angles. Here, I encountered a little bit of problem; I first thought that the picture became corrupted when I rotated the picture using Flickr, because it said "This photo is currently unavailable". But then it somehow became available again once I went to another page and came back. What's neat about the rotating part of this site is that I was able to rotate as many pictures as I wanted in a bulk, so I didn't have to do each individually, which saved A LOT of time.
So I must admit, I'm not much of a photographer, so the photos might seem a bit strange. But I'll go on to explain why I took those pictures, their title, description and tags.
Our assignment was to take photos of what we think is IST related, and I did exactly that. First, I took pictures of the IST building (from the outside), and the inside of the IST building to show how it looks like. That would be the most obvious thing to do for an IST themed gallery. The titles given to these are based on where I took the pictures, so if it was in the hallway, it would be titled "hallway". The tags are used based on the location and where I was, and people looking at it can familiarize themselves with it. Then I went on to take photos of some things that aren't so obvious. For example, the action of scanning into the one of the rooms in IST, which I believe only IST students can scan into. It was titled "Security", because of its purpose. While taking the photo, I couldn't help but ask myself many questions. One such question was if my information was recorded when I scanned and if it records the time I scanned in. Or maybe the only thing is, is a lock for a door. I choose the tags based on what it is and what it does, so people seeing the picture would have an idea of what it actually is, and what I was actually doing. I was scanning into the Mac room on the first floor, which is the place I usually go to use the computer or to print something out. I then, took a picture of the Mac computer, while I was surfing Flickr to find ideas. The Macs are very useful and the room is almost never full, since it is locked unless someone from IST scans in. The next thing that popped up to mind was to take a picture of the course description and professor contact information. Since this class is IST110H, it definitely is related to IST. Anyone looking up ist110h would find the information on that class. Another important photo I took was on the lectures coming up that was on the bulletin board outside of the IST110H class. Although it is a bit hard to actually read it, a person can tell IST has a lot of speakers who are willing to teach us things we don't really think about or know. And that there are many opportunities to get to know a subject through the lectures. Of course, the tags are based on what it is and where it was. I also took pictures of the locations of the IST building and the locations of different places within the IST building so a person can easily find where it is. The tags are based on what it's about, for example if it was on the map within IST, it was logically to put floors as part of the tag because the map separated the building by floors. The rest of the photos (photos on C++) I believe is crucial to this gallery. Since I am an IST major, it was required for me to take the cmpsc101 class, and I took some photos while I was in the class doing some programming. I took two pictures of that, one is a simple program and the other was a more complex one. These two pictures are important because people can know what kind of classes an IST major have to take. I tagged the photos with the course name, and what it was (programming/c++).
All of these pictures combined would give a person a broad view of IST. A person would have some idea of its location, environment, security, and even courses and opportunities.
About the Flickr site, I believe the tagging system isn't as good as I would want it to be. When i did some searching around for photos, I found a lot of photos that had little to nothing to do with what I was searching for. I guess this is what happens with user generated tags, and everyone thinks differently. What one person tags can make no sense to another person. I guess it does make it easier to gather all the photos from everyone with a search, and it's much easier than browsing through every photo looking for what you want. People can also take pictures from other sites and even comment on them, and Flickr even has the function of looking for friends, so they can see your photos and comment on them.