Internet Archive Book Images

The American academic Kalev Leetaru has created a searchable database of historical copyright-free images that come from 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organization. The Internet Archive had used OCR to analyze each of the 600 million pages that it had scanned, but this focused on text and discarded the pictures. With the project Internet Archive Book Images, Kalev Leetaru has created a database of the images that had been discarded by the OCR used by the Internet Archive.

The project was started in July 2014. In November 2014, over 2,6 million images were available. They range from 1500 to 1922.

All images are shown in one photostream on Flickr. Each image is accompanied by tags, extensive metadata, and the text preceding and following the image in the book. This makes the photostream searchable. Images are shown in high resolution and can be downloaded in jpeg format.

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Friday, 2 January 2015 - 6:10pm
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