January 23, 2022

The Way forward for Flickr’s The Commons

The Commons has been certainly one of my go-to sources for historic imagery since
I first wrote about it nearly fourteen years ago. That is why my coronary heart sank somewhat bit after I visited The Commons earlier this week and noticed a be aware that learn “study extra about the way forward for Flickr Commons.” At any time when I see notes like that on favourite web sites which were round for a very long time, I anticipate dangerous information. Thankfully, this time there was excellent news. 

Flickr has made a dedication to reinvigorate and revitalize The Commons. Step one in that course of seems to be creating a brand new house for The Commons. That new house is at The Flickr Foundation found at Flickr.org. It is there which you can learn the complete plan for the way forward for The Commons. The plan is printed as a collection of Google Paperwork and a Google Slides presentation.

The important thing takeaways for academics and college students who use The Commons are:

  • It isn’t going away. 
  • It’ll be improved with higher discovery instruments.
  • It’ll be improved with higher descriptions (which can assist with discovery).
  • Content material contribution alternatives will enhance (increasing the gathering). 

Functions for Schooling

The bottomline is that
Flickr’s The Commons is a good useful resource for historical past academics who wish to discover historic imagery to make use of of their classes. It is also a terrific place for college kids to search out historic imagery to make use of in analysis displays. Over the subsequent couple of years The Commons ought to enhance to make it a greater useful resource than ever earlier than.