Easy Peasy: Using the Flickr API in Python
Since I'm often required to hit the ground running at $MPOW on projects, I was a little concerned when I roped myself into assisting our photo archives with a Flickr project. The first goal was to get a subset of the photos uploaded, and quickly. Googling and poking around the Cheeseshop led me to Beej's FlickrAPI for Python. Little did I know that it would be dead simple to get this project going. To authenticate:
def create_session(api_key, api_secret): """Creates as session using FlickrAPI.""" session = flickrapi.FlickrAPI(api_key, api_secret) (token, frob) = session.get_token_part_one(perms='write') if not token: raw_input("Hit return after authorizing this program with Flickr") session.get_token_part_two((token, frob)) return session
That was less painful than the PPD test for tuberculosis. Oh, and uploading?
flickr.upload(filename=fn, title=title, description=desc, tags=tags, callback=status)
Using this little code plus a few other tidbits, I created an uploader that parses CSV files of image metadata exported from an Access database. And when done, the results look a little something like this.
Beautiful, Mark! Any chance of enriching the tags?
For instance, I'd like to be able to find
Kepler by Kepler or Johannes, rather than Kepler, Johannes.
I'd like to add this functionality, but it wouldn't be too easy to do automatically when you consider names like "Van de Graaff". I guess I could do some regular expression magic - I'll talk to my coworkers and see what they think.