Forwarded to us from Judith Wright:
University Libraries Special Collections and Digital Initiatives announce the launch of a partnership with Flickr online image resource and management service, beginning February 10 th with a collection of images from the Libraries on the theme of â€œWinter Sports in the Northwest.â€ To view the collection, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/uw_digital_images/
Additions from the Libraries collections to the flickr commons pool are planned for the second Wednesday of each month.
The UW Libraries is only the second university library to contribute images — the first one was Oregon State. Participating institutions include New York Public Library, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. National Archives, Swedish National Heritage Board, BibliothÃ¨que de Toulouse. See other participating institutions.
Under “The Commons,” cultural institutions that have reasonably concluded that a photograph is free of copyright restrictions are invited to share such photograph under their new usage guideline called “no known copyright restrictions.”
Flickr Commons was launched on January 16 2008, when Flickr released their pilot project in partnership with The Library of Congress .