Interview: Daniel Bogan, Flickr developerPosted by Jayel Aheram in Interviews
We tried to find out from Daniel Bogan, the Australian Flickr developer who goes by “waferbaby”, just what was built to drive The Commons for its launch a year ago. Here’s what we learned:
Tell us a little bit about yourself? What is Waferbaby?
I’ve been a bit of a web geek for over a decade now, accidentally falling into the industry. I do web development work — the back end stuff, the bits of a site you never really see. Though I do dabble in front end work now and then, badly.
I mostly write PHP (for work) and Ruby (for fun) code.
And “waferbaby” was originally going to be a comic label, and ended up becoming my online “persona”. Go figure.
What’s your involvement with The Commons?
I came on board The Commons a little after it kicked off, when it started gaining some momentum and needed a bunch of work done. I built the underbelly of Commons pages and a bunch of admin tools for both us and for the institutions, and I’m maintaining them and adding new bits and pieces as we go forward.
It’s definitely the best project I can remember working on, or at least the most rewarding.
When I go to The Commons photostreams or photo pages, they look to me like any other page. What sort of underbelly and tools were needed that the rest of us don’t need or have?
Actually, there’s surprisingly little that’s had to change — the only real difference is that the ‘license’ links to an individual institution’s particular agreement regarding The Commons. Apart from that, photo pages are basically the same as for everyone.
Otherwise, we’ve built a set of tools for us to administer things, and one for the institutions to control their staff, get an idea of what’s going on with their photos, things like that . . . but can’t talk about that :)
I’ll just have to make it up! No really, I won’t, but some time we’ll get you to talk about things you can talk about!