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Appendix 1 - Remixing with Images

1.1       Remixing with Images

In this walk-through, we’ll look at finding and using Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr.

Start by going to the Creative Commons search: http://search.creativecommons.org.

In the search box, enter “dolphin” to search for dolphin images, and then click the “Flickr” button, to search the Flickr photo sharing site.

Alternatively, go to the Flickr search directly: https://www.flickr.com/search. However, you need to adjust the licensing tab to find Creative Commons material (further details below).

1.2       Reviewing the search results

The search takes us to the flickr site, with these results:

App 1 - 1.2 a

Click on the menu labeled “Licence: Creative Commons”, to review the Creative Commons licences selected for this search. In the screenshot below, the licence selected permits commercial use and modification:

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1.3       All the information needed for attribution

Let’s pick one of those images. For instance, click on the first image that came up in the search:

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Have a closer look at the resulting page with the selected image itself (on next page). The arrows in the screenshot below indicate some important elements: the URL for the page (https://www.flickr.com/photos/devcentre/130663011), the name of the creator (Peter Harrison), the licence information (“Some rights reserved.”), and the download button (downward arrow).

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First, download the image. In the picture, click on the downward arrow (marked “Download”), and then on one of the download sizes offered (see right). For use in a presentation or online, click on “Small” or “Medium”, while for printing, select a higher resolution version (“Original”).

Now that you have downloaded the image and saved it to your computer, copy and save the image URL.
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/devcentre/130663011) from the location bar of the browser (see image on previous page).

Also, make a note of the image name and the author name:

  • Peter Harrison
App 1 - 1.3 c

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Finally, have a look at the licence. The symbol is the Creative Commons Attribution logo. The text “Some rights reserved” links to the Creative Commons licence page. Click on the link, and make a note of the URL of the licence, which happens to be: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/.

App 1 - 1.3 e


Now, let’s put all of this information together!


1.4       Putting together the attribution

We have now gathered the following information:

We can combine this into the acknowledgement as follows:

Dolphins (https://www.flickr.com/photos/devcentre/130663011) by Peter Harrison, available under CC-BY, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/,

or, by renaming the hyperlinks:

Dolphins by Peter Harrison, available under CC-BY 2.0.

There is no one right way to attribute. However, it’s important that all of the key information (title, URL / web address of the resource, author, and licence type).

1.5       Using the image in a document

Now open a new text document in a word processing application. Insert the downloaded image into the document, followed by the attribution text.  Below is a screenshot of an example document created in OpenOffice (a widely used open source application):

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You have now completed this step-by-step walk through!

1.6       Acknowledgements

In the same way that we have attributed the dolphin image in the example document on the previous page, we need to attribute all the images we have used in this document:

You are free to use the dolphin images under their respective licences. 

This Appendix is an adaptation of ‘OER Guidance for Schools’ (2014), by Björn Haßler, Helen Neo and Josie Fraser. Published by Leicester City Council, available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

This OER Toolkit and associated Appendix is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC-BY 4.0) so that it can be shared and adapted openly, as long as attribution is given.

You are free to use this content so long as you attribute the National Copyright Unit, Copyright Advisory Groups (Schools and TAFEs).

For further information see the SmartCopying website at www.smartcopying.edu.au or contact your local copyright manager.  You can also contact the National Copyright Unit on (02) 9561 1204 or at email delia.browne@det.nsw.edu.au.