The YQL team announced personal URLs for queries this week. I’ve used the new feature to set up a shortcut for looking up photos of astronomical objects by name. The URL is:
You can set the
name parameter in the URL to change the name of the object you are looking for. I’ve also set up a demo page to render results from this query. The URL is:
Again, change the
name parameter in the URL to lookup different objects. Note that it looks for an exact match with the
astro:name machine tag, so looking up stars is cumbersome:
Update: it seems Flickr’s machine tag search can match just the first part of a tag, so you can search for stars by supplying the first part of the tag’s value.
I’ve also made some changes to
flickr.photos.astro in order to enable faster searching by name. Use
astro_name in a query to find objects by matching on
select * from flickr.photos.astro where astro_name = 'M 31'
text to run a Flickr text search across photo descriptions and titles:
select * from flickr.photos.astro where text = 'orion'
If you want to see what values have been used for
astro:name on Flickr, I recommend Paul Mison’s excellent machine tag browser.