A Million First Steps

The Coming of Father ChristmasThe British Library has released over one million images onto Flickr. These digitised images, taken from the pages of 17th, 18th, and 19th century books, cover a wide range of subjects: “There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.” (British Libary)

The purpose of releasing all these images is to crowdsource information about them, to help describe what each image portrays. “We want to collaborate with researchers and anyone else with a good idea for how to markup, classify and explore this set with an aim to improve the data and to improve and add to the tagging. We are looking to crowdsource information about what is depicted in the images themselves, as well as using analytical methods to interpret them as a whole.” (British Library)

It really is rather fascinating scrolling through the varied images, including the festive one shown above. I wouldn’t know anything about any of the images, but maybe you could help out? Onwards! 

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