YFCC100M: The New Data in Multimedia Research

TitleYFCC100M: The New Data in Multimedia Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsThomee, B., Shamma D. A., Elizalde B. Martinez, Friedland G., Ni K., Poland D., Borth D., & Li L..
Other Numbers3805

We present the Yahoo Flickr Creative Commons 100 Million Dataset (YFCC100M), the largest public multimedia collection that has ever been released. The dataset contains a total of 100 million media objects, of which approximately 99.2 million are photos and 0.8 million are videos, all of which carry a Creative Commons license. Each media object in the dataset is represented by several pieces of metadata, e.g. Flickr identifier, owner name, camera, title, tags, geo, media source. The collection provides a comprehensive snapshot of how photos and videos were taken, described, and shared over the years, from the inception of Flickr in 2004 until early 2014. In this article we explain the rationale behind its creation, as well as the implications the dataset has for science, research, engineering, and development. We further present several new challenges in multimedia research that can now be expanded upon with our dataset.


Portions of this work were performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344, and by funding provided to ICSI through National Science Foundation grant IIS : 1251276 ("SMASH -- Scalable Multimedia content AnalysiS in a High-level language"). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors or originators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF or the U.S. Department of Energy.

Bibliographic Notes

To appear in the Communications of the ACM

Abbreviated Authors

B. Thomee, D. A. Shamma, B. Elizalde, G. Friedland, K. Ni, D. Poland, D. Borth, and L. Li

ICSI Research Group

Audio and Multimedia

ICSI Publication Type

Article in journal or magazine