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“photosearcher” package in R: an accessible and reproducible method for harvesting large datasets from Flickr

Fox, Nathan; August, Tom; Mancini, Francesca; Parks, Katherine E.; Eigenbrod, Felix; Bullock, James M.; Sutter, Louis; Graham, Laura J.. 2020 “photosearcher” package in R: an accessible and reproducible method for harvesting large datasets from Flickr. SoftwareX, 12, 100624. 6, pp. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.softx.2020.100624

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Abstract/Summary

The social media website Flickr contains a wealth of spatial and temporal metadata, which can play an important role in environmental research including cultural ecosystem service and ecological assessments. However, the uptake of Flickr is potentially limited by issues with accessibility to the Flickr Application Planning Interface (API), which limits results and restricts searches. Here, we introduce photosearcher, an R package aimed at overcoming these challenges. We provide examples of how photosearcher can be used as an accessible and reproducible method of accessing large spatio-temporal datasets from the Flickr API.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.softx.2020.100624
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2352-7110
Additional Keywords: biological datasets, cultural ecosystem services, Flickr, R package, social datasets, social media
NORA Subject Terms: Data and Information
Date made live: 21 Dec 2020 15:01 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/529239

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