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LC Flickr Commons Report Available

the Library of Congress has made a detailed report of their experiments with the Flickr Commons available on their web site at

They note the following in their summary:

As of October 23, 2008, there have been: 
• 10.4 million views of the photos on Flickr.  
• 79% of the 4,615 photos have been made a “favorite” (i.e., are incorporated into personal Flickr collections).
• More than 15,000 Flickr members have chosen to make the Library of Congress a contact, creating a photostream of Library images on their own accounts. 

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.
• 4,548 of the 4,615 photos have at least one community-provided tag.
• Less than 25 instances of user-generated content were removed as inappropriate. 
• More than 500 Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) records have been enhanced with new information provided by the Flickr Community. 

These seem to be the levels of participation we can expect -- lots of looking, but tagging and comments from a few commited / interested users.

Interestingly too, there were spin-off effects, as works in the Flickr Commons generated traffic on the LIbrary of Congress web site. 

Between January and May 2008, the Library saw an increase in hits at its own Web site. For Bain images placed on Flickr, views/downloads rose approximately 60% for the period January-May 2008, compared to the same time period in 2007. 

There's lots of other detail in the full report, that argues for the on-going participation of the Library of Congress in the Flickr Commons and in other social network spaces, recognising how important it is  to move collections to where the people are.