Library of Congress on Flickr

Here’s a neat experiment in Web 2.0:  The Library of Congress has opened a Flickr account and started putting up historical photographs.   As they said in the blog post announcing it, they’re hoping to tackle two challenges with this project:

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…

::shudder:: metadata ::shudder::   Sorry, having a traumatic library school flashback here.

The LOC also has created, in partnership with Flickr, The Commons a pilot program that hopes to be a model for other museums/libraries/cultural institutions to share their digital collections.


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