Flickr has one of the largest collections of Creative Commons images. The Creative Commons set of licenses allows everyone from educators, artists, and authors to tap into this invaluable source and use the photo for their creative works. The Flickr Commons archive has grown from its humble beginnings on January 16 2008 with 1,500 photos to a mammoth collection of more than 250,000 photos in just five years.
On its fifth anniversary, Flickr is celebrating the achievements quite fittingly. Flickr Commons was launched through a partnership with the U.S. Library of Congress, and this year both organizations had asked members (56 different libraries, archives, and museums) to send in links to their favorite images from all the years past. The responses – overwhelming according to Flickr – were collated and framed into multiple galleries.
A Flickr spokesperson said,
“To celebrate the occasion, our founding member, the Library of Congress, asked Commons member institutions to send in links to a few of their most viewed, commented, or favorite images. The result is four very special galleries celebrating the beauty, excitement, and emotion of those amazing public collections of civic institutions from around the world. “
The pick of the images from the last five years are not only a visual delight; they are also a window into the world we live in.