500 Years of the Images of the World's Books Now On Flickr

While a bit afield from codifying events from the world's news, GDELT Creator Kalev Leetaru collaborated with the Internet Archive and Flickr to extract the images from 600 million digitized book pages dating back 500 years from over 1,000 libraries worldwide and make them all browseable and searchable (via both the metadata of the original book and the text surrounding each image), "reimagining" the world's books.  For those interested, the source code and user manual to the image extraction system are available.

Mark Sample at Davidson College set up this great bot that regularly tweets a random image from the collection, making for a great way to explore the collection!  @BookImages