Flickr to Host Library of Congress Photos
Library of Congress: We've got all of these images but they're so hard to organize. We should have some way of identifying them with descriptive words! But how are we going to tag them all?
Flickr: Why not crowdsource it?
The good news is the Library of Congress is putting 3,000 images up at Flickr. The bad news is they're relying on us to tag them all.
In a pilot project announced Wednesday, the government archive put the public-domain, copyright-free photos on the Library of Congress Flickr page. That's just a small fraction of 14 million photos and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, according to the archive's blog, but hey, it's a pilot project.
If you're like me, you recognize the value of tagged photos when you're looking for a particular shot but can't remember when or where you took it, or when you want to sift photos to zero in only those with something like "birthday" and "grandma." But also if you're like me, you probably tag your photos only intermittently.
In the mood to do a little extra image tagging? Head on over to the Library of Congress' Flickr page and tag away my friends. Tag away.