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Wednesday, 16th January 2008

Flickr and Library of Congress Announce Pilot Project; National Library of Australia Continues Work With Flickr

My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven
From Matt Raymond's post:

...it is so exciting to let people know about the launch of a brand-new pilot project the Library of Congress is undertaking with Flickr, the enormously popular photo-sharing site that has been a Web 2.0 innovator. If all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity. In many senses, we are looking to enhance our metadata (one of those Web 2.0 buzzwords that 90 percent of our readers could probably explain better than me).

The project is beginning somewhat modestly, but we hope to learn a lot from it. Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos from two of our most popular collections are being made available on our new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.

Source: LoC

See Also: The National Library of Australia / PictureAustralia and Flickr Have Been Working on a Project For About 2 Years. More about that work here.


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