One picture

This is a response for the Ontario Extend Curator module – Spotlight on Repositories.

Consider this.

I’ve searched for images from image repositories before. I’ve used Unsplash as my ‘go to’ site since I know it’s a Canadian production. I’ve used Pixabay and Morgue Files, and just learned about Pexels. The Flickr creative commons search is my ultimate collection for any and all images where I apply this Flickr CC attribution tool developed by Alan Levine aka @cogdog as an easy way to collect information about images. The Creative Commons new beta search tool also provides attribution information about images you find. Although I don’t end up here often, I’ve also used the Wikimedia Commons for source material.

green background, words that say open threadI do use attributions either on the image itself, at the end of a blog post, or as credits in a video production, to honour the work done by others, whether it’s CC0 or not. I collect the attributions within a storyboard as I produce media or when I download images. I teach others about this persistent practice as I work in digital spaces. I consider this to be an essential digital literacy – default mode.

image of the attribution tool in actionSo, I’ve searched for an image to represent my Ontario Extend experience – one image to describe my participation as an #EastenderExtender. I’m using threads, threading, weaving, looms and colour as the underlying search terms. I started with infinity loop scarves and ended up with a simple ‘open threads’ image found on Flickr.

I applied the attribution tool to collect the necessary information for sharing the image. Attribution: “Open Thread” flickr photo by opensourceway shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license


But finding just the right ‘one picture’ can take hours.

Finding many, many others that will also work, for other projects, other blogs is usually what happens. Curating your favourite images is another way to keep a collection for future reference.