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A presentation on the Smithsonian's participation in the Flickr Commons project.

A presentation on the Smithsonian's participation in the Flickr Commons project.

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  • 1. Smithsonian on the Flickr Commons
    Uniformed Letter Carrier with Child in Mailbag, 1900, National Postal Museum
  • 2. Background
    Launched June 2008 1,980 images contributed 22 photo sets 10-25 images contributed every two weeks
    Portrait of Albert Einstein and Others (1879-1955), Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  • 3. About Flickr Commons
  • 4. 45 National & International Flickr Commons Members
    Library of Congress
    State Library of New South Wales
    Library of Virginia
    State Library of Queensland, Australia
    DC Public Library
    The National Archives UK
    The National Archives USA
    Texas State Archives
    Getty Research Institute
    Swedish National Heritage Board
    New York Public Library
    Cornell University Library
    Brooklyn Museum
    Portrait of Felix Nadar (1820-1910), Prior to 1910, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  • 5. 12 Smithsonian Museums/Archives/Libraries
    • American Art Museum
    • 6. American Indian Museum
    • 7. Anacostia Community Museum
    • 8. Archives of American Art
    • 9. Archives of American Gardens
    • 10. Astrophysical Observatory
    • 11. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
    • 12. National Museum of Natural History, Division of Fishes
    • 13. National Portrait Gallery
    • 14. National Postal Museum
    • 15. Smithsonian Institution Archives
    • 16. Smithsonian Institution Libraries
    Tennessee v. John T. Scopes Trial: The seven scientists asked to testify for the defense standing in front of the Defense Mansion, 1925, Smithsonian Institution Archives
  • 17. How
    SIA Manages Process
    OCIObatchuploads images using EDAN and FlickrAPI
    Untitled, Anacostia Community Museum
  • 18. Original Goals
    1 Increase public knowledge of and access to the Smithsonian’s digital collections
    2 Develop a Smithsonian online community
    3 Encourage use and re-use
    4 Improve public outreach
    The Eagle Nebula (M16), 2001, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • 19. Successes: Many Eyes on Our Collections!
    • 3.5 million unique photo viewings
    • 20. Nearly 8000 Flickrfriends
    Gramma loreto, Adult (Royal Gramma), 2002, National Museum of Natural History, Division of Fishes
  • 21. Successes: Collection Acquisition
    I appreciate the way the photos the Smithsonian has are available online for all to see.
    • Henrietta Silverman Jenrette,
    Oct 31, 2009
    Donation of ten photographs by William Silverman, a nineteen-year-old student who observed the trial with his high school history teacher.
    “These, and indeed all, of the Silverman snapshots add a new visual take on the trial and the spectacle surrounding it.,” blog post by SIA archivist, Tammy Peters.
  • 22. Successes: Information
    “The person on the top right is Mr. P. B. Shekar, former collections specialist at the Bombay Natural History Society and a regular camp member of many expeditions by Dr. Ripley in India. Mr. Shekar would have many a splendid tale to speak of about the Ripley expeditions and someone from the Smithsonian should probably get in touch with him at the BNHS and record the stories.”
    - Flickr user,
  • 23. Successes: Power Users/Researchers
    Penny L. Richards , research scholar affiliated with UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women and serves on the board of the Disability History Association
  • 24. Successes: Connections
    Elizabeth Sabin Goodwin
  • 25. “Here she is in the 1920 Central High School yearbook - I think we have a match!”
    - Flickr user, rockcreek
    “I think she may have been an artist, rather than a scientist - from the 7/27/1924 Washington Post.”
    - Flickr user, rockcreek
    “Hello, this is my grandmother, Ida Elizabeth Sabin. Brenda Anderson's post is about my family and Rockcreek is correct about her being an art student. She was an illustrator for a science magazine. please let me know what information, if any that you would like about the Sabin, Goodwin family.”
    - Linda Goodwin Eisenstadt
    Flickr user, linstadt
  • 26. Successes: Press
  • 27. Successes: Tags Helping People Find SI Collections
  • 28. Challenges
    • Fear that if we put it out there, we will lose control
    • 29. Getting SI staff focused on answering questions
    • 30. Reluctance to publish tags on SI websites
    • 31. Often falls under “duties as assigned”
    Mailing Letters, c. 1880, National Postal Museum