Library of Congress Publishes a Report on the Flickr Pilot Project

As my long time readers know, I acquired a love for the institution of the Library of Congress during my tenure as a contractor for their Web Services division.

I had the pleasure (and honor) of being on the team that helped kick off the Library of Congress’ foray into the world of Flickr.

Well this week the project team issued a 50 page report detailing its success, (which in and of it self is cool because typically the Library has kept these internal reports pretty close to the chest.)

Here are some deets:

  • “As of October 23, 2008, there have been 10.4 million views of the photos on Flickr.
  • 7,166 comments were left on 2,873 photos by 2,562 unique Flickr accounts.
  • 67,176 tags were added by 2,518 unique Flickr accounts.
  • More than 500 Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) records have been  enhanced with new information provided by the Flickr Community.
  • Average monthly visits to all PPOC Web pages rose 20% over the five month period  of January-May 2008, compared to the same period in 2007.”

It’s so cool to see this project reach such unparalleled success.  I’m going to write more about my thoughts about it later but I just want to encourage you all to read the report.  It’s fascinating to hear about a government project that used Web 2.0 be so successful.

Here are thoughts from DCist and Thomas Hawk.

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