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Smithsonian Team Flickr

October 28, 2009

The Smithsonian has become part of Flickr Commons, developed for the various institutions with large photographic collections. This article discusses how this project has helped the institution, and the development process for becoming a part of this project. A wonderful quote is contained in this article: “Old School: Let’s boost our Google ranking so people come interact with our conten on our site. New School: Let’s allow people to interact with our content in the places where they already work and play” (p.268). The Smithsonian realized the potential of the online community as an audience for learning, and as a forum for comments which can be useful to the museum. It also has allowed the Smithsonian “group” of all its museums, libraries and other institutions that are part of the conglomerate to put all the images together in one location. They are experimenting with crowd sourcing. The addition of the Smithsonian Commons images to Wikipedia has given added an authoritative source to a sometimes not-so-authoritative source.

Kalfatovic, Martin R., et al. (2008) Smithsonian Team Flickr: A library, archives, and museums collaboration in web 2.0 space. Archival Science, 8 (4), 267-277. Retrieved from Library, Information Science & Technology with Full Text.

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  1. clementmunns permalink
    November 2, 2009 12:55 pm

    Love this a lot. Thanks for pointing it out (good source for stock photos as the government is not allowed to claim copyright).

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