London dot gov, Flickr and the trouble with crowds – Telegraph Blogs
Regular readers will remember that just a few weeks ago the Labour party got into hot water when they tried to crowd-source photographs and Flickr users didn’t want to play ball. Now it seems that the GLA have failed to learn from Labour’s mistake.
As part of the launch of a new website for London, the Greater London Authority have set up a Flickr group and invited photographers to post photos of London for use on the new site.
There are obvious problems with this. The first is that since London is one of the places where photographers have been stopped and searched most, some have seen this as another place to upload stop and search forms (as they did with Labour’s Flickr group). The other issue that photographers have already mentioned in the discussions on the Flickr group, is why the GLA are crowd-sourcing images rather than paying for professional pictures. This is understandably a sore point for many professionals who feel their market has gradually been squeezed by crowd-sourced projects and competitions.