Flickr and the Library of Congress

More than a year ago my friend Rob suggested that the National Archives could dramatically speed digitization of their digital collections if they enlisted the help of researchers as part of their regular research visits. Seemed like a damn good idea.

I get word that the Library of Congress has joined with flickr to make some of their prints and photos collection available online (the LOC has had a lot of their stuff online for a while). Now they’re enlisting people’s help in tagging their photos. Frigging awesome. I’ve long been a fan of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information collection, as well as the HABS/HAER/HALS collections. It’s just a bunch of amazing stuff, so why not check it out?