One aspect of the app that especially intrigued me was that of "The Commons". The objectives of The Commons are stated as follows:
- To increase access to publicly-held photography collections, and
- To provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge. (Then watch what happens when they do!)
I lost a LOT of time in this section, mesmerized by the historical photos in these collections. I'm still unsure however, what "happens" when the general public contributes information to the individual photos. I mean, I saw that it was possible to leave a comment, add a tag, or identify a person but what is the result of anybody defining these identifiers? If anybody has more information on how this section works in the "big picture", please leave me a comment.
I started a photo library of some interesting art and architecture I've photographed. Labels, tags, and descriptions will be added as time permits but the photos are there!