Capture Images from the Public Domain in Evernote

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Capture Images from the Public Domain in Evernote

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 19 Dec 2013

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 19 Dec 2013

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We’ve shared ways that Evernote can be used for genealogical research and today, we thought we’d talk about another interesting potential use case: Evernote for cataloging history.

The British Library recently released over one million images (taken from 17th, 18th and 19th century books). From maps to landscapes, letters to diagrams, these images can be used by anyone and we think it’s great news for any of you history buffs. These images — painstakingly scanned from the British Library collection — have instantly become one of the largest datasets of its kind available for free online.

While the library knows which book, volume or page the photos were extracted from, they know virtually nothing about the context of most images. They are encouraging the public to re-purpose and creatively use the photos and spark research into the details related to the massive collection of illustrations and maps.

That’s where our Evernote users come into play.

Since you can save virtually any type of content in your Evernote account, you could download and attach any of these recently released images to notes, then be able to access them from anywhere you’ve installed Evernote (including your mobile devices and the web). All of the images live in Flickr commons in the Public Domain, free of copyright restrictions, allowing a limitless array of creative possibilities.

One minute, you can explore a beautiful illustration of Canadian game birds and the next you could browse the prominent churches and museums of Paris from a map printed in 1878.

Use the images to help you reconstruct a specific point in time, add images to a notebook with detailed family history or for enhancing your research for a historical memoir or thesis paper.

How do you use Evernote to capture these amazing images? Share your comments, we’d love to know.

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  • Martin Packer

    Friend of mine used IFTTT to pipe the ones of these he favourited on Flickr (British Library having an account there with these on) into Facebook entries. No doubt something similar could be done to get them into Evernote.

  • Martin Packer

    Friend of mine used IFTTT to pipe the ones of these he favourited on Flickr (British Library having an account there with these on) into Facebook entries. No doubt something similar could be done to get them into Evernote.

  • Martin Packer

    Friend of mine used IFTTT to pipe the ones of these he favourited on Flickr (British Library having an account there with these on) into Facebook entries. No doubt something similar could be done to get them into Evernote.