Tupac Lives! (In the Library of Congress)

Jeff Neumann · 06/23/10 07:24AM

The Library of Congress is adding Tupac's "Dear Mama," along with 24 other recordings, to its National Recording Registry today for their cultural significance. The program coordinator said the song was chosen because it is "relatively tame." What, no Biggie?

Library of Congress tags Flickr users to tag archives

Tim Faulkner · 01/16/08 06:08PM

The Library of Congress has teamed with Flickr to make its vast catalog of images available on the Web, starting with 3,000 photographs with no known copyright holders. The goal of the project is to provide exposure to these rarely seen images and to harness the Flickr community to compile missing data — like the photographer, subject, and copyright holder — for free. As far as partnerships go, Flickr seems to be the winner. They gain access to thousands of beautiful and historic photographs. Having the Library of Congress on board may even encourage other public institutions to follow suit and join their tagging project, "The Commons." The Library of Congress will likely get what they paid for: inane comments and simplistic tags rather than the useful metadata they seek.

Tim Faulkner · 08/06/07 04:58PM

Anticipating an untimely demise for the virtual world, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will partner with the Library of Congress to preserve Second Life as a museum artifact so children of the future can enjoy mocking the clunky online world on class trips. [Library of Congress]