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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