Flickr project to host Library of Congress photos

Here’s a really interesting opportunity for some visual literacy and historical analysis work with your history students!

Hot update: PhotosNormandi thanks to a quick comment to this post from Patrick Peccatte. This is another stunning collection for history students.

The Library of Congress and photosharing site Flickr today announced a partnership that will put photos from the LoC’s collection online. These are public-domain, copyright-free photos from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information and The George Grantham Bain Collection, for which no known copyright exists. The collections will be housed on the LoC’s Flickr page.

Interesting project – and they are relying on ‘us’ to provide tags for the images!

So Flickr has launched a new tagging initiative called The Commons – “your opportunity to contribute to describing the world’s public photo collections.”

The Commons – our chance to tag or comment on images!

The photos, which are already available on the Library’s photo and prints page (along with over 1 million others), may not be on Flickr permanently. The length of the pilot program will be determined by the amount of interest and activity shown by Flickr users, according to the LoC.

Read more at ReadWrite Web, WebWare, Alan Poon’s Blog.

Photo: Mrs Loew (LOC)
  • Wow! Edit your photos on Flickr

    Picnik’s awesome photo editing tools are now only a click away. If you’ve ever wanted to deal with the dreaded red eye or crop a photo just so, click on the new “edit photo” icon located above one of your photos and get started.

    The Picnik/Flickr collaboration works similarly to other 3rd party services who’ve built additional tools on top of the Flickr API: You’ll need to pass through the step of giving the Picnik service permission to edit and save your photos… It’s a little bit like you’re “installing” Picnik on your Flickr account, but with nothing to download.

    I rather like having access to this – especially when I am not always working on my own computer with my own suite of favourite tools. It’s all about being able to work quickly, efficiently, and ‘on the fly’ whenever and wherever – isn’t it?

    Rock on Web 2.0!


  • “Know How” focus on Flickr

    Don’t usually do this, but I would like to draw your attention to an article in the November issue of Netguide (Australia), which has an excellent ‘how to’ article “Share photos online with Flickr“.

    Very comprehensive, very user friendly guide – great for teachers new to the tool who will easily see the educational connection after reading this clear article.

    Links Flickr to blogging, which is an extra bonus compared to the usual ‘do this and then do that’ kind of guide.

    By the way, Netguide is quite inexpensive to subscribe to – a good recommended read if you are not a ‘techie’ but want to stay in touch with technology!

    More information on Flickr at: