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Library of Congress and Flickr

In case you haven't heard, the Library of Congress is undertaking a new pilot project with Flickr. If all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to LOC collections, and how to ensure that they have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity. The LOC is looking to enhance their metadata. The project is beginning modestly, out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos from two of their most popular collections are being made available on their new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.

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