Insights into the commons on Flickr

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The Commons on Flickr, comprised of an international community of select libraries, museums, and archives, was a project initially launched in 2008 by the Library of Congress and Flickr. Primary goals of The Commons are to broaden exposure to rich cultural heritage photographs and to observe and participate in the communities of engagement and dialog enabled through The Commons. A survey was administered to all The Commons institutions during summer 2009, focusing on assessment of the overall satisfaction of current members and seeking additional details on participation goals, social interactions, staff time involvement, and general statistics. Members report a very positive experience with The Commons.


Computer network resources; Digital libraries; Electronic publishing; Flickr; Photographs


Broadcast and Video Studies | Communication Technology and New Media | Library and Information Science


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Vaughan, Jason. 2010. “Insights into the Commons on Flickr.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy. Vol 10:2; 185-214.

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