Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thought you might be interested Thursday

From the BBC is this news: Millions of historical images posted to Flickr.   The project is part of the internet archiving work done by Internet Archive (a nonprofit "building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form..." which also operates one of my most favorite online tools, the Wayback Machine).

Several useful attributes of the images Flickr site:

  1. The images (photos, drawings, chicken scratch) may be used for free
  2. The images are searchable
  3. There are a TON (2.7 million as of this writing) of images available

Other news of note related to this from the American academic Kalev Leetaru whose project this is:

He added that he also planned to offer his code to others.

"Any library could repeat this process," he explained.

"That's actually my hope, that libraries around the world run this same process of their digitised books to constantly expand this universe of images."

These historical images add to the bevy of other free images recently made available.   See TA: Free image sources for other sites offering free snaps and such.

Shout out to Morning Media Newsfeed - 9/2/2014 for sharing this valuable and useful info!

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