This document describes the work carried out by Oshani Seneviratne at the Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton under the supervision of Prof. Nigel Shadbolt from July 28th to Aug 29th, 2008. This work is part of the WSRI (Web Science Research Initiative) Exchange Program.
Wouldn't it be nice to know if someone used your photos on the web without letting you know, or not attributing you?
Social networks, blogs, photo sharing sites and other applications known collectively as the social web has lots of increasingly complex data. There are many accountability issues associated with such over-exposed data on the web. This project attempts to find a solution to an instance of such complex data usage relationships. The focus is on photo sharing sites such as Flickr, and blogging platforms such as Blogger or Live Journal (or simply any web site), with the aim of finding out if any Creative Commons Licences have been violated in reusing images.
Alice is a Flickr user and also has a QDOS account (a service which collects information about a user's online information). Bob uses one of Alice's photos, which happens to be under a CC license on his blog on Blogger without giving the proper attribution to Alice.
This system has 4 major components.
Note: For the implementation details please see Milestone 1.