Boundaries, a tool to explore Flickr’s shapefiles

A few weeks ago we released our shapefiles via the API, and while most people were excited, some folks were a bit confused about what it all meant. Which is why Tom Taylor’s beautiful Boundaries application is so exciting. It helps you visualize the Flickr community’s twisty changing complex understanding of place.

You throw in a place name and it’ll attempt to find that place’s neighbours, using Yahoo GeoPlanet. For each of those neighbours, it uses the WOE ID to fetch and render the polygon from shapefile that Flickr returns.Tom Taylor: Flickr boundaries, now free to play with


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Kay is a Community Manager for Flickr and passionate about extraordinary photography. As an editor on Flickr Blog he loves to showcase the beauty and diversity of Flickr in his posts. When he's not blogging or making Flickr more awesome (in front of and behind the scenes), you can find him taking pictures with his beloved Nikon and iPhone, listening to Hans Zimmer's music or playing board games. | On Flickr you can find him at