In a Nutshell: Flickr and Library of Congress Team Up

January 16th, 2008 at 12:00 am

In a nutshell, a summary of today’s Web2.9 headlines.

The Library of Congress and Flickr today announced that they have partnered up to put the  LoC’s photos on Flickr for public consumption.  the Library of Congress is has a collection of more than 14 million still photographs from way back in the 1800’s.

The reasons for the partnership according to Matt Raymond, LoC’s resident blogger is, "From the Library’s perspective, this pilot project is a statement about the power of the Web and user communities to help people better acquire information, knowledge and — most importantly — wisdom."

The Library could not have made a better move. Partnering with Flickr will definitely prove how communities can share knowledge and wisdom .  With millions using Flickr and their active community, photographs from the LoC will have the traffic it needs as well as the comments and discussions that may provide the stories behind their photos.

On the other hand, Flickr has a different take on the partnership. Gorge Oates of Flickr reports, "Firstly, to increase exposure to the amazing content currently held in the public collections of civic institutions around the world, and secondly, to facilitate the collection of general knowledge about these collections, with the hope that this information can feed back into the catalogues, making them richer and easier to search." 

This partnering will definitely satisfy the consumers’ appetite and need for a glimpse into history.