|Jen Hammock presenting at the |
Smithsonian Associates program
BHL has hosted similar events in the past for Smithsonian staff to learn about--and add--machine tags to the images in BHL's Flickr Photostream. A machine tag is a tag that is structured in such a way that a machine can read and understand it. In our case, we're assigning machine tags of scientific names to the BHL illustrations in Flickr so that EOL can recognize those as images that can be harvested and associated with the appropriate species page in EOL. See an example of an EOL species page with a BHL image here:
|EOL species page for Magnolia hodgsonii with |
illustration from BHL's Flickr photostream
The structure that we use for the machine tags is:
You can replace "binomial" with another taxonomic tag, such as "genus" or "family, if you can only identify the organism at that level. Learn more about the Flickr tagging process and machine tag formats in the instructions we provided to session attendees.
|Katja Schulz working with |
some of the TSA attendees
All told, it was a very successful event. Several guests said they were delighted to learn about EOL and BHL and, by the end of the day, 129 more images in BHL's Flickr Photostream boasted machine tags. We look forward to the continued contributions of these amazing Smithsonian Associates session attendees!
Looking for a way that you can get involved?
Check out the instructions on machine tagging or visit EOL to sign up for an account and to learn more about recording your own observations of the natural world through EOL's iNaturalist collections.