Flickr: if it’s good enough for the Library of Congress it’s good enough for your library


This chapter follows Flickr from its launch in February 2004 to its acquisition a year later by Yahoo! Particular attention is paid to the work of the Library of Congress in using Flickr to display images from its archive and, more importantly, to allow members of the public to tag images for the purpose of enriching the metadata about each image. The Library of Congress pioneers the Flickr Commons, a project to make images available for viewing, tagging and even reuse. This became a rallying point for other major institutions such as the Smithsonian and the New York Public Library (NYPL). We present interviews with the team of librarians who ...

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