Playing with Technology

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. ~Arthur C. Clarke

The Commons (or why flickr is awesome)

In following up on my idea for using flickr to create an image collection for Wooster, I happened to revisit The Commons. I had visited it when it was first announced and looked at some of the images put up by The Library of Congress, but I had not been back since. I was surprised to find that images had been put up by the Smithsonian, The Powerhouse Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, George Eastman House, and Bibliothèque de Toulouse. These are some very well respected museums and some very significant photos. I think this is very positive as it points to the acceptance of flickr as a tool for the serious study of images. One of the concerns expressed about my idea was the longevity of flickr and I see the participation of such institutions as those mentioned above as a sign that flickr is here to stay. Hopefully Instructional Technology will have a chance to pursue the development of a Wooster flickr collection in the coming year. Stay tuned.

Life in the Australian Outback.