muse: n. a source of inspiration

Playing “photo tag” with Flickr…

Jewish New Year – Praying on Bridge (LOC)

Originally uploaded by The Library of Congress

Library of Congress on Flickr

What do the Library of Congress and I have in common? We’re both on Flickr.

I’m trying to wrap my brain around the LoC on Flickr. This is a most extraordinary collection. And a most extraordinary project.

Not only can you browse this remarkable collection (which, by the way, has no known copyright), you can contribute to its usefulness by adding tags. The images on Flickr, by the way, are just a portion of the LoC’s extensive online catalog (not all of which are in the public domain). The tag part, though, this is really cool. The goal here is to have the public contribute to the tags of the images.

This is another example of Web 2.0 / the read/write Web / collective wisdom. Like Wikipedia, this project democratizes the Web and allows people to add value; to contribute information that will be useful to someone they may never ever meet.

The photo here is one (sadly, one of only four) that I found when I searched the LoC’s Flickr photos using “Jewish.” It appears to be a Tashlich service.

Go ahead. What tags can you add?


January 19, 2008 - Posted by | Flickr, Photos


  1. Hi,
    We have a project similar to the LoC pilot project, called “PhotosNormandie”, which is alive since one year about:
    For now, descriptions are in French language and we are trying to improve them. So, we invite comments to get better localisations, better identifications, check and verify information, etc.
    A main difference between the two projects is the following: we are using IPTC metadata that are embedded in our hi-res photos, but LoC does not use IPTC and their descriptions and tags are attached to Flickr platform.
    With best regards

    Patrick Peccatte

    Comment by Patrick Peccatte | January 19, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi. I was happy to see my blog listed here. I love Flickr and I’ll be sure to check out the Library of Congress.

    Comment by Rosalyn Manesse | March 24, 2008 | Reply

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