Monday, January 21, 2008

Library of Congress and its photos

Likely you have already seen news reports about the Library of Congress placing more than 3,000 of its photos in Flickr. Not only will this make photos available to a new audience, but -- as the blog post says --
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.
These photos truly are available for people to use, so I would encourage you to look at them, comment on them, tag them and use them.

The other photo news from the Library of Congress last week was that someone found photos misidentified at the LOC and discovered that they were from President Lincoln's second inauguration (article). These photos were taken only weeks before he was assassinated. These photos are available for viewing through the LOC web site.

Ah...the benefits of having photos digitized and available for our use!

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1 comment:

Patrick Peccatte said...

We have a project similar to the LoC pilot project, called “PhotosNormandie”, which is alive since one year about:
For now, descriptions are in French language and we are trying to improve them. So, we invite comments to get better localisations, better identifications, check and verify information, etc.
A main difference between the two projects is the following: we are using IPTC metadata that are embedded in our hi-res photos, but LoC does not use IPTC and their descriptions and tags are attached to Flickr platform.
With best regards
Patrick Peccatte