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A million first steps - Digital scholarship blog

A million first steps - Digital scholarship blog | ICT in Education | Scoop.it
We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose.

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theo kuechel's curator insight, December 16, 2013 8:23 AM

All interested in educational curation should welcome  the news that the  British Library  has released  over a million images  into the public domain on  Flickr Commons  with "No Known Copyright Restrictions."  These images cover  a diverse range subjects, sourced from  17th, 18th and 19th century  book scans. The project  has already  been shared widely on twitter and  covered quite well in such as Open Culture and  Boing Boing, also my friend and colleague  Danny Nicholson; all have their own take on this project.


It is interesting to note that the image above has  already been viewed  over 39,000 times, (possibly because it is featured  on a significant number of  blogs and also the British Library's  own selected highlights set), whereas  a quick random dip into the collection suggests the average for most images is  currently around 3-4,000 views.  I think this suggests that social media channels  will be very important for disemination and engagement. I like the fact that with many of the images you can choose to see all the images from that particular book or download the entire book itself, to see all the them in context. The other piece of exciting news is that  the British Library  are developing a  crowd sourcing tools to increas the cultural and research value of these digital assets.


However even now there  is plenty of  opportunity  to engage with and contribute  -- anyone who is logged on to Flickr can tag the images - as Ben O'Steen suggests in a tweet  " mundane tags  - 'map', 'portrait', etc -  are very helpful!   Such activites are an  ideal focus for meaningful learning activties in the classroom, (as well as great fun).  Indeed, I have begun a small scale tagging exercise for places and topics that I am familar with such as Dumfries and Galloway. 


Finally -  many thanks to the good folks at the  British Library and Microsoft who had the vision to bring us these raw materials.  Let's see what we can build with them. If you have any thoughts on how you would use them, especially in education,  It would be great if you could share them as comments.
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100 images for visual brainstorming

100 images that can inspire you when you are brainstorming about new products or services.


Via Baiba Svenca, Paul Rawlinson, Lynnette Van Dyke, Elena Elliniadou, EiriniKaragiorgaki
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elenired's comment, December 13, 2012 9:14 AM
It's a great tool full of ideas, isn't it?
Natassa Dourvetaki's comment, December 13, 2012 9:19 AM
worth using it!
Natassa Dourvetaki's comment, December 13, 2012 9:19 AM
worth using it!