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"The Commons" - A Great Source for Images

I've written here many times in the past about how important images are in online communication. Images have a positive effect on user engagement on websites, blogs and social media.There are many sources for of images you can legally use for free (here's a list of some of them), but I want to highlight one in particular.

"The Commons" is a project started by Flickr and the Library of Congress in 2008. The project has 2 objectives, to increase access to publicly-held photography collections and to allow the public to tag the photos, adding important information like who is in a photo or where was it taken.

Today, nearly 100 other institutions have joined the Library of Congress and shared their photos on The Commons, including the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. National Archives and the New York Public Library. The photo below was shared by the University of Washington Libraries.

Cooking in Home Economics Class

The Commons is a great source of images for your website, blog or social media posts, but it is also an example of public institutions openly sharing their resources and inviting the public to cooperate with them in adding value to those resources.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-7381

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