I have a friend who works at the Boston Public Library, and he recently emailed several of us to let us know that a project he’d been working on has come to fruition. In his own words:
I’ve been working on a Flickr API application that will take a bunch of the items in the Boston Public Library Digital Collections (not yet online) and push them, with full metadata, to Flickr.
This is pretty cool, if you ask me. The collections that he’s gotten online so far include a bunch of cool WWII propaganda posters, some old posters from Boston Brewery, and a cool collection of early Boston baseball photos.
I know there are still some skeptics who don’t see the use in putting this kind of stuff on Flickr — why not put it in your own digital library, or just up on your website? — but I think it’s really neat. It gets these things out into a pre-existing community, and makes it super easy to link to them, blog them, and the like. In this case, the metadata is included, which means you can see all of the important information, like the accession numbers, description, subject headings, etc. Currently they haven’t enabled tagging & commenting, but once they do it’ll be really neat to see what other information the community can add to this.
For those who may have missed it, the Library of Congress is doing something similar.