“Content of every type disappears from the internet all the time…” writes Popular Photography‘s long-time “gear editor” (for photography equipment).
But someone’s doing something about it: the newly-founded Flickr Foundation, which has announced plans “to make sure Flickr will be preserved for future generations.” Or, as Popular Photography puts it, to stop photos “from suffering the same ill fate as our MySpace photos” — providing the example of important historical photos.
One particular collection their article notes is The Flickr Commons, “started back in 2008 as a collaborative effort with the Library of Congress to make publicly held photography collections readily available online for people seeking them out.”
It’s a massive, eclectic, fascinating archive that pulls images and content from around the world. This new organization hopes to integrate more partners and ensure that everything remains available and easily accessible…. If you’re not already familiar with The Commons, it’s a really fascinating online resource. It grants access to everything from historical portraits to scientific images and everything in between. It’s easy to get lost in the sheer volume of images available on the site, but Flickr relies on curators in order to bring notable images to the forefront and keep things organized and available.
With the establishment of the new foundation, Flickr hopes that it can keep this archive running to 2122 and beyond. It will doubtlessly add countless more images along the way.
Flickr is currently hiring a new archivist, according to their announcement (which also points out that the Flickr API was one of the first public APIs ever).
Among other things, it says that the foundation hopes to “investigate preservation strategies that could last for the next century,”