Editors’ Choice: What Do You Do With 100 Million Photos? David A. Shamma and the Flickr Photos Dataset

Every day, people from around the world upload photos to share on a range of social media sites and web applications. The results are astounding; collections of billions of digital photographs are now stored and managed by several companies and organizations. In this context, Yahoo Labs recently announced that they were making a data set of 100 million Creative Commons photos from Flickr available to researchers. As part of our ongoing series of Insights Interviews, I am excited to discuss potential uses and implications for collecting and providing access to digital materials with David Ayman Shamma, a scientist and senior research manager with Yahoo Labs and Flickr.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Jordan Bratt, Alyssa Fahringer, and Stephanie Seal based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Adriana Bastarrachea, Matthew Lincoln, Becky Halat, Fiona Stewart-Taylor, Daniel Petry, Stephanie Barnwell, Dana Milstein, Jeffery Temple, Cinzia Pusceddu-Gangarosa, and Anthony Durity