Announcing the Flickr Foundation.
Imagine if we could place ourselves 100 years into the future and still have access to the billions of photos shared by millions of people on Flickr, one of the best documented, broadest photographic archives on the planet.
The Flickr Foundation represents our commitment to stewarding this digital, cultural treasure to ensure its existence for future generations.
The Foundation’s first initiative.
Renewing the Flickr Commons.
The Flickr Commons program was launched in 2008 and has become a unique collection of historical photography shared with the Flickr community by 114 cultural institutions around the world.
This year, 13 years after it launched, we’ve taken time to evaluate the program and figure out how to reinvigorate it after a period of neglect. We have an opportunity to preserve the Flickr Commons collection resolutely and use techniques and tactics we develop to protect the longevity of the larger Flickr corpus.
- Flickr Commons Revitalization: Research Report (Google doc)
- Flickr Commons Revitalization: Strategy 2021–2023 (Google doc)
- Coming of age in the Digital Decade: A 17 year old software company and what it means to look ahead (15 minute YouTube video)
- Revitalizing the Flickr Commons Program: Very Long-Term Thinking About Keeping Digital, Cultural Heritage Safe (Google slides). 2021 Creative Commons Summit.
Why start a foundation?
Building for the very long term.
We believe the establishment of a non-profit Flickr Foundation will combine with Flickr to properly preserve and care for the Flickr Commons archive, support Commons members to collaborate in a true 21st-century Commons, and plan for the very long-term health and longevity of the entire Flickr collection. We’re also in the early stages of imagining other educational and curatorial initiatives to highlight and share the power of photography for decades to come.
All photos provided by The Library of Congress.
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