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Images on Flickr.com
4. What types of images are you adding to Flickr.com?
5. Are there any copyright restrictions for images added to Flickr.com?
6. What type of information is included with each image on Flickr.com?
7. Why was Flickr.com specifically chosen for the project?
8. Have you considered joining the Flickr Commons?
9. How can I view the Library and Archives Canada Flickr.com album?
Contribution and Participation
As part of the 2008 Irish Studies Symposium, a selection of digital images related to Irish-Canadian documentary heritage have been made available for the first time on Flickr.com, a popular photo-sharing community, where you can comment on, tag and share content.
For the image album, we have added a sampling of 84 images related to Irish-Canadian documentary heritage. This includes a number of images from the James Topley collection as well images from James Ballantyne, George Heriot, and many others. Images on Flickr are tagged with specific geographic information to allow users to explore the collection and Irish-Canadian history on a virtual map of the world.
The objective of the project is to explore new ways to improve access to and increase interaction with Canada's documentary heritage. Library and Archives Canada is excited about the opportunities that social media-sharing communities provide for Canadians to discuss and contextualize an important selection of our collective history.
The Flickr project has three objectives:
A large number of Canadians share Irish ancestry. Between 1825 and 1845 over half of all immigrants to Canada were of Irish descent. Today, up to one fifth of Canadians claim Irish heritage. We believe that the stories of migration and settlement of this land are common and can be shared by all Canadians. We will be closely monitoring activity during the project and we look forward to using what we learn to evaluate how best to share other areas of the digital collection.
We have added a sampling of 84 images images related to Irish-Canadian documentary heritage. This includes a number of images from the James Topley collection as well images from James Ballantyne, George Heriot, and others. Some examples include a portrait of the Late Honourable Thomas Darcy McGee, a drawn image of the Battle of Ridgeway, and photographs of Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, and other locations in Canada and Ireland. Many of the photographs were taken between 1860 and 1920.
All images have no known copyright restrictions. Anyone can view the images, share them with others, and redistribute freely under the condition that the user of the image credits the image source.
All images are uploaded with English and French information including the title of the image, creator, date published, reference number, location, and source.
We chose Flickr.com after a review of a number of photo-sharing Web sites. We selected Flickr.com given that (1) it provided a fully-bilingual interface, (2) we could add images with bilingual information, (3) Canadians were already sharing their images in large numbers within this community, including images from our collection, and (4) given its ease of use and the ability to easily add comments and tags, tools that help to improve the accessibility of the collection among those searching for content online.
Yes. We understand that some national libraries and archives have decided to join and some have not yet become members of the Flickr Commons. To join the Flickr Commons [www.flickr.com/commons], cultural institutions provide a rights statement noting that they have reasonably concluded that an image is free of copyright restrictions and that it will be shared under a usage guideline stating that there are "no known copyright restrictions." All images used in the project have been assessed by Library and Archives Canada to have no known copyright restrictions. As a result, we are evaluating membership. For the launch of the project we have joined Flickr.com but are not yet members of the Flickr Commons.
We welcome and encourage participation from both Canadians and non-Canadians. We understand that Canada's documentary heritage affects people from across the globe. All of us have a story to tell and a unique perspective. You can contribute to the project in a number of ways:
One of the primary objectives of the Flickr project is to test new ways to improve online access to Canada's documentary heritage. As such, we want to explore the information provided on the objects we share online and consider how it can be used to potentially become a greater part of what defines a digital historical object in our collection. While we have no current objectives to resubmit comments or tags from this project on our primary Web site we understand that the simple act of allowing comments and tagging to occur on these communities improves accessibility to this content when searching for a historical object on today's popular Internet search engines.
We may at a future date consider adding this information to our records. Alternatively, we may continue to allow it to remain exclusively on these communities. We encourage you to provide your feedback. To reach us, e-mail email@example.com.
For questions or comments related to the project, ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org.