Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez,
Boing Boing readers may remember a kerfuffle about a year ago regarding Smithsonian images getting uploaded to Flickr. In January, after the Library of Congress joined the "Commons" project to distribute images with no restrictions on use, we suggested that they join that project.
I'm pleased to report that Public.Resource.Org and the Smithsonian executed a gift agreement which will result in the release of 2000 medium-resolution images (that's 5-7 megapixels folks!) over the course of this year to the Flickr Commons and from there into the rest of the public domain.