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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Library of Congress Makes Photos Available on Flickr Web Site

The Library of Congress and Flickr (a popular photo-sharing
web site) have launched a pilot project called The Commons to
make some of its vast collection of images accessible for viewing,
describing and commenting on by the public.

From the Library of Congress announcement:

"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.

The real magic comes when the power of the Flickr community
takes over. We want people to tag, comment and make notes on
the images, just like any other Flickr photo, which will benefit not
only the community but also the collections themselves."

Current collection on the Commons:

1930s-40s in Color
News in the 1910s