Volume 14 Number 11/12
To the Editor
The letter below was received in response to a project briefing that appeared in the September/October 2008 issue of D-Lib Magazine.
To the Editor:
September 23, 2008
I enjoyed the article http://www.dlib.org/dlib/september08/uzwyshyn/09uzwyshyn.html (Repurposing Open Source Software for Agile Digital Image Library Development) by Ray Uzwyshyn, but it would have been nice to have read a pro/con of the WordPress approach vs. a Flickr approach.
Flickr is designed specifically for digital image management. After reading the article, I'm not sure why WordPress was chosen for a photo archive over a photo sharing site like Flickr.
Director of University Web Services
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Below is Ray Uzwyshyn's response to the letter from Jim Robertson.
Thanks for comment, Jim. We chose WordPress because it was widely used and
open source; we could repurpose/customize/reverse engineer the entire application to suit our own purposes, as the code of the application was open. We could also host this product on our own servers and make it 'our' product. I have not seen larger or smaller libraries/cultural institutions do much of this yet, and I believe we are one of the first to use 'open source'
software in this manner.
Using Flickr, if allowed, as an institutional,
stand alone or even shared application would also be another worthy
experiment with its own constellation, and I'm glad this article spurred
The hope is that this D-Lib article sparks more dialogue about these types
of possibilities and opens other pathways, which I believe
it already has, based on some of the other comments I've received as to the ideas expressed in my article. Especially in the current budgetary environment, the more global audience for these types of experiments would be libraries/cultural
institutions that are finding it more difficult to manage the ongoing expense of
applications such as ContentDM or Digitool and that do not have the financial
resources to allocate funds to the human resource expertise needed or for these more expensive products.
If you do
try the Flickr experiment with any of your collections, please
forward the link for that, as I'd love to see the results.
University of West Florida
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