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Photo Culture

Ithaca, NY Flickr Commons ( aims to “show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives.” An impressive community of 41 contributing global knowledge organizations, several of whom are also part of DuraSpace open technology communities including the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library, have contributed image collections to make this a reality.  Flickr Commons was created in 2008 to “increase access to publicly-held photography collections and to provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge” (
Cornell University Library is the newest Flickr Commons partner. CU historic image collections on Flickr include:
Dianne Dietrich, Research Data & Metadata Librarian, Cornell University Library reports, “We’ve officially been up on Flickr Commons for only a few hours, and already I’m seeing a spike in traffic: people are adding us as contacts, tagging images, and adding images as favorites. I’m looking forward to what happens next!”
If your instituion is interested in contributing to Flickr Commons you will have to wait until 2011. Due to the popularity of the service FC is not be accepting new registrations or requests to join the Commons through 2010 (