Come to Our Party: The 7th Birthday of the Flickr Commons

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division.

You’re invited to play a virtual game that offers a fun way to explore the remarkable Flickr Commons.  A new year of this special collaboration among close to 100 archives, libraries, and museums begins on January 16th. So brace yourself for variety as you explore the 4 million photographs and book illustrations with no known copyright restrictions now offered through the Flickr Commons.

First Lady [Eleanor Roosevelt] cuts President's birthday cake, Washington, D.C.  Glass negative by Harris & Ewing, January 29, 1938. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hec.47379

First Lady [Eleanor Roosevelt] cuts President’s birthday cake, Washington, D.C. Glass negative by Harris & Ewing, January 29, 1938. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hec.47379

Your choice of games:

If you don’t have a Flickr account, you won’t be able to leave tags or comments within Flickr but please enjoy browsing the diversity of collections in the Commons, and leave comments on this blog post about what you find. Or take a look at the images from the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog and let us know in the comments which collections with no known copyright restrictions you’d like to see uploaded to Flickr this year (you can even include “no known restrictions” in your search!).

If you do have a Flickr account:

It’s been a great seven years. We’ve uploaded over 22,700 images organized into 34 albums and enhanced almost  7,000 records in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog based on information provided by Flickr community members. Here’s a snapshot of our account stats according to Flickr as of December 31, 2014:

  • 178,000,000+ total views
  • 333,000+ favorites
  • 60,755+ followers
  • 59,700+ comments

We appreciate all the comments and tags that the Flickr community has contributed to make nearly 7,000 photos in our collections so much easier to find and understand.

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3 Comments

  1. Marcy Flynn
    January 16, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations!

    Hard to believe it’s been seven years, really interesting to see the statistics. Hurrah to P&P and Flickr Commons!

  2. Liz McLean
    January 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Terrific gamification elements! Always been a huge fan and student of this Flickr Commons initiative! Awesome model for glams and other digital collections.

  3. Barbara Orbach Natanson
    January 26, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks to all who have been joining in on the games! We’re seeing some great selections tagged CommonsBest: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=commonsbest&m=tags&ct=0&mt=all&adv=1

    And here’s an example of a gallery a Flickr member assembled showing images relating to sailing.

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