25 March 2010

The Commons - missing particpants

What do the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Maritime Museum, National Library NZ, Swedish National Heritage Board, U.S. National Archives, Australian War Memorial collection and McCord Museum have in common?

They are all participating institutions in Flickr: The Commons, which aims to show hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives and permit public input and knowledge to help make these collections richer, either by adding tags or leaving comments.

Now TNA, The (UK) National Archives, has joined with the group placing images in The Commons, including this camel image which should bring joy to someone's heart.

Start exploring The Commons at www.flickr.com/commons/

If we are known by the company we keep so are our institutions.

So where are Canada's governmental memory institutions?

1 comment:

BDM said...

Brilliant choice of photo to illustrate the point made by the company we keep! Shame on LAC.
As a somewhat related example of national pride and priorities, the state historical archives of the tiny country of Latvia digitized *all* the hundreds and hundreds of parish registers in its collections (all denominations), plus many estate lists. They know what's important for their national memory.