National Library, Yahoo! create historical archive

The National Library of Australia has announced it will create a publicly accessible bank of digital images of urban and rural Australia.

In a partnership with Yahoo! Australia & New Zealand, the library will manage the PictureAustralia Web site, which will accept images uploaded to Yahoo!'s Flickr image hosting service.

National Library director general Jan Fullerton said the library actively supports the exploration of new models for collecting digital material.

"This partnership with Yahoo! Australia & NZ is the National Library's first effort to reach out to new online 'spaces' to capture a major repository of images of contemporary Australia," Fullerton said. "The project provides enhanced opportunities for existing and new users to share images and will contribute to the long-term development of PictureAustralia."

PictureAustralia is a bank of more than one million images established as a community resource. Primarily historical in nature, these images come from the collections of 42 national and international institutions including museums, libraries, galleries, and other archives. Flickr, however, contains more than 70 million stored images of which about 80 percent can be freely accessed.

Brett Corrick, marketing director of Yahoo! Australia & NZ, said this "exciting initiative" encourages Australians everywhere to unite in building a valuable resource for future generations.

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