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 BibliothÃ¨que 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.