The blogosphere is a buzz with the addition of images from the Library of Congress into Flickr's collections! As a big fan of the educator's section of the Library of Congress, I am pleased to see this exciting collaboration.
Photographs are "with no known copyright restrictions" and this is great news for educators who would like to be able to use "reality" photographs within their school projects.
The announcement of this project called, "My friend Flickr" explains that without Web 2.0 this would not have been possible. Flickr, my favorite photo-sharing site, is holding most of the digital photos that I have taken since 1999 when I bought my first digital camera. It was a Sony Mavica and saved the photo onto floppy disks. I still have photos on floppies and I am slowly moving them from these to CD's and then to Flickr. Of course, scanning old photos, comes next and as I have inherited several generations of photos and slides, this is even more time consuming.
I can't wait to see all the photos that hold no copyright restrictions so that I can write about them. There's a photo of a house on my street as it is in the National Register of Historic Houses but I don't know why. The Commons is what the project entails and it is interesting to read about how this is going to change how we look a historic photo collections.