Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I just came across this post in the flickr blog talking about "The Commons." It looks like the Library of Congress has made a chunk of their photo collection available on flickr. This is really cool. From what I've heard, the LoC has quite a collection. Not only have they made these photos available, they're encouraging flickr users to tag them, making everything searchable. And if that isn't enough, the LoC includes a "Persistent URL" in the photo description that takes you to a page where you can download a higher-res JPEG or their archival TIFF file. The 137 MB TIFF I downloaded was 1800x1800 DPI, which made zooming and panning quite a bit of fun.