I am a doctoral student in the Statistical Cybermetrics research group based at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. As part of my research I am looking into what motivates people to tag their images on Flickr, and how motivations to tag compare with how people actually tag. This research will help to shed more light on the emerging tagging phenomenon and it will help us to understand how people’s use of tagging differs from their perceptions of tagging.
In order to find out what motivates people to publish and tag their images, I have designed a short online survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Flickr-Survey which I have invited a random sample of Flickr users to complete. The random sample was selected using the Flickr Application Programming Interface http://www.flickr.com/services/api/
The survey should take around 5 minutes to complete, and all individual responses will be aggregated together and anonymised. All data collected will be kept confidential, and destroyed on completion of the research. If at any point during the survey you wish to withdraw, you will find a link in the top right hand corner of the page to exit, and any data collected up to that point will be deleted.
All completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win 1 of 5 Kindle e-book readers. In the survey I also ask respondents if they are happy for me to compare their answers to the survey with the actual tags that they give to their images, and for everyone who agrees to this, there is the chance of winning a further prize of an Apple iPad.
The closing date for the survey is Friday 10th December 2010, and all winners will be picked at random and notified via their Flickrmail accounts by 13th Dec 2010, and prizes will be sent out before Christmas.
The winners will also be announced on this webpage, with each winner's permission, as will the overall findings from the research.
For any questions or queries relating to any aspect of the survey or research, please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
My personal website is also available at: www.imageresearch.org.uk
Thank you for your time.
The survey being used in this research was approved by the Internal Ethics Committee of the University of Wolverhampton on 15th October 2010.