From the Flickr Blog:
We’re very excited to welcome the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries to the Flickr Commons. VCU — the hub of Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the USA — has grown and evolved since its founding more than 175 years ago, and the VCU Libraries collections reflect the complexity of its evolution.
“Together, these collections represent VCU Libraries’ commitment to collect, preserve and make resources available to scholars and researchers across the world,” said VCU Digital Collections Librarian Lauren Work. “Much of the material reflects underrepresented Richmond communities that illuminate the culture, stories, and realities of sometimes hidden or ignored people — African-Americans, women and LGBT community members.”
in a Second Blog Post:See the Complete Blog Post Featuring a Few Items From VCU’s Collection
For the largest account in the Flickr Commons — the Internet Archive Book Images Project, with 2.8 million images now and 14 million images to be uploaded in total — Flickr’s search and vision technology transforms the way the public experiences their images. In addition to metadata added by humans, Flickr can recognize what’s in the photo, which greatly expands relevance and remarkable new intelligence to search (this blog post has a good explanation of the deep learning technology we employ). This means you can search for a term like “beard” and see at a glance 500 years of historical images, even if those images don’t have metadata that would otherwise surface them in search.
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