英國圖書館本周推出了超過 100 萬張的圖像讓所有人可以重新調整途。這些圖像是從 17、 18 和 19 世紀書集中集合而來，圖書館將其釋放到Flickr網站上面。圖像本身涵蓋範圍廣泛的主題： 有地圖、 地質關係圖、 精美的插圖、 滑稽諷刺、 照明和裝飾字母、 色彩繽紛的插圖、 景觀、 壁畫等。圖書館希望眾來找出更多用途。他們希望民眾能將圖片自動分類形成更用的用途。
The British Library have this week released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books in their collection, digitised and then released into the Public Domain via the Flickr Commons site.
The images themselves 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.
In fact there are so many images, and such a varied range of sources, that the Library is not completely sure about all the images and they’re going to be using crowdsourcing to find out more. They plan to launch a crowdsourcing application at the beginning of next year, to help describe what the images portray. Their intention is to use this data to train automated classifiers that will run against the whole of the content.