Flickr Machine Tags – An animal photo example

Similar to the architectural photo that I used as an example in my earlier post, this sea otter photo (taken in the Oceanario in Lisbon, Portugal) has a number of tags included that will help any machine to immediatelly recognize the content of the photo. For this photo I enlisted the help of the tag generator of inaturalist.org.

color:contains=white
color:contains=blue
location:city=Lisbon
location:country=Portugal
taxonomy:kingdom=Animalia
taxonomy:order=Carnivora
taxonomy:family=Mustelidae
taxonomy:genus=Enhydra
taxonomy:binomial=Enhydra lutris
taxonomy:phylum=Chordata
taxonomy:subphylum=Vertebrata
taxonomy:class=Mammalia
taxonomy:subfamily=Lutrinae
taxonomy:species=lutris
taxonomy:common=Lontra-marinha
taxonomy:common=Sea Otter
taxonomy:common=Nutria marina
taxonomy:common=Loutre De Mer
taxonomy:common=Nutria Del Kamtchatka

There are three categories of machine tags that I have used:

  1. Location machine tags
  2. Taxonomy machine tags
  3. Color information machine tags

As you can see most machine tags are from the taxonomy category and show the complete path in the tree of life. Websites that use or have used these kind of tags are the Encyclopedia of Life or the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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