Social Field Guides

Have you seen the Field Guide: Birds of the World group in Flickr? It’s not just a “look, an eagle!” group:

“This is not just another group for people to post random photos of birds, but it is an attempt to build an online Identification Guide of the birds of the world.”

It’s even got indexes, such as a list of common names. What a wonderful example of a social taxonomy – leveraging the power of enthusiasts to create a rich, deep and beautiful product. This sounds like a great opportunity for a classroom experience.

But wait, there’s more! Not into birds? Try the guides for butterflies1, trees, wildflowers, and others…

  1. insects and spiders are there too, but you have to log in and sign up to see the photos in the pool, which is kind of lame. []

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