The National Gallery Makes 25,000 Images of Artwork Freely Available Online No surprise that in “Masterworks for One and All,” an article about how museums have begun to offer free, high-quality downloadable images of works from their collections, the New York Times’ Nina Siegal brings up Walter Benjamin. The preoccupations of the philosopher behind “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” may seem more relevant than ever in these days of not just mechanical reproduction, but universal, developed-world ownership of the means of mechanical reproduction — and nearly instantaneous, effortless mechanical reproduction at that. Many rights-holders, including certain museums, have effectively decided that if you can’t beat the mechanical reproducers, join ’em. “With the Internet, it’s so difficult to control your copyright or use of images,” Siegal quotes the Rijksmuseum’s director of collections as saying. Related Content: Google Launches a New “Art Talks” Series: Tune in Tonight Download Hundreds of Free Art Catalogs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Read 700 Free eBooks Made Available by the University of California Press The University of California Press e-books collection holds books published by UCP (and a select few printed by other academic presses) between 1982-2004. The general public currently has access to 770 books through this initiative. The collection is dynamic, with new titles being added over time. Readers looking to see what the collection holds can browse by subject. The curators of the site have kindly provided a second browsing page that shows only the publicly accessible books, omitting any frustrating off-limits titles. The collection’s strengths are in history (particularly American history and the history of California and the West); religion; literary studies; and international studies (with strong selections of Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, and French Studies titles). Sadly, you can’t download the books to an e-reader or tablet. Rebecca Onion is a writer and academic living in Philadelphia. Related Content: 30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the Web
The Virtual Natural History Museum - Bringing Evolutionary Education out of the Stone Age - Walacea In 2012, the Earth Science Teachers’ Association (ESTA) of the UK wrote an open letter to professional palaeontologists asking for their help in producing teaching materials for their classrooms. They were having difficulty in gaining access to enough fossils or high quality replicas to help illustrate their lessons. They suggested that the provision of good quality, copyright-free images of fossils would be “extremely beneficial to school teachers”, and “the development of interactive web-based resources and palaeontological-themed games and activities” would help to capture the imagination of school pupils. To answer this request, we came up with The Virtual Natural History Museum (V-NHM): an educational, multimedia-sharing website with a fun and engaging interface. Museums aren’t just public displays, they also play an important role in research, education and the curation and conservation of artefacts. What would be the best way to display virtual fossils? Claire Morley Virtual Fossils
LA County Museum Makes 20,000 Artistic Images Available for Free Download The Los Angeles County Museum of Art houses the largest American collection of art west of Chicago. Developed as an “encyclopedic” museum—its collections represent nearly every human civilization since recorded time—LACMA’s eclectic holdings span from art of the ancient world to video installations. Like all great public collections, LACMA sees its mission as providing the greatest possible access to the widest range of art. Two years ago LACMA made a relatively small number of its image holdings available for free download in an online library. This represents about a quarter of all the art represented on LACMA’s site. LACMA’s online collection (80,000 images altogether, including restricted use and unrestricted) is sorted by the usual curatorial terms (“American Art,” “Art of the Pacific” and so on) but that’s just one of many filtering options. But the collection can be searched more narrowly by object type and curatorial area. Related Content: Discover Ansel Adams’ 226 Photos of U.S.
The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday: We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. The librarians behind the project freely admit that they don't exactly have a great handle on the images in the collection. You can jump into the entire collection here, or view a set of highlights here. To learn more about this British Library initiative, read this other Open Culture post which takes a deeper dive into the image collection. Related Content: The Rijksmuseum Puts 125,000 Dutch Masterpieces Online, and Lets You Remix Its Art The Getty Puts 4600 Art Images Into the Public Domain (and There’s More to Come) The Digital Public Library of America Launches Today, Opening Up Knowledge for All
Open Access Journals Search Engine (OAJSE) New digital application enhances visitors’ museum experience Summary The new HeritageApp aims to add a new, interactive dimension to the experience of visiting museums and heritage locations in Flanders Developed by Faro, the government of Flanders’ heritage agency, and the Swiss company Vidinoti, the ErfgoedApp (HeritageApp) may soon make audio guides look like relics from the past. With the ErfgoedApp, additional information about artworks and locations in front of visitors is now just a quick scan away. At the app’s launch in Antwerp’s M HKA museum, eyes of the attendees were, understandably, glued to their smartphones and tablet. As part of the demonstration, they watched videos, listened to audio fragments, played games, examined pictures and read information about the Turkish artist Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin related to a M HKA exhibition. Flemish culture minister Sven Gatz, also present, emphasised that “the ErfgoedApp is the first of its kind”. English version coming
The Getty Puts 4600 Art Images Into the Public Domain (and There's More to Come) Not long ago, I went over to the Getty to see the J. Paul Getty Trust’s President and CEO James Cuno in live conversation with Pico Iyer, one of his favorite writers as well as one of mine. Cuno, himself the author of books like Whose Culture? “Why open content? Related Content: 40,000 Artworks from 250 Museums, Now Viewable for Free at the Redesigned Google Art Project LA County Museum Makes 20,000 Artistic Images Available for Free Download The Rijksmuseum Puts 125,000 Dutch Masterpieces Online, and Lets You Remix Its Art Art.sy Rolls Out Huge Archive of Fine-Art Images and an Intelligent Art Appreciation Guide Free: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Offer 474 Free Art Books Online
New Robert Rauschenberg Digital Collection Lets You Download Free High-Res Images of the Artist's Work After the waning of abstract expressionism, Robert Rauschenberg’s exuberant prints, paintings, sculptures, and three-dimensional collages he called “Combines” rejuvenated the New York art world and helped bring pop art to prominence, anticipating Warhol’s experiments. And now students of twentieth-century American art can connect with all of the artist’s work in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection without setting foot in the Bay area, thanks to SFMOMA’s Rauschenberg Research Project, which allows users to download high res images of the museum’s Rauschenbergs. Research materials—including commentary, interviews, essays, and more—accompany each image. via Metafilter Related Content: Rauschenberg Erases De Kooning
Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine Musées Montréal, la nouvelle application mobile qui met 39 musées de la ville à portée de main Le 18 nov. 2014 la Société des directeurs des musées montréalais (SDMM) a lancé sa nouvelle application mobile pour iPhone, Musées Montréal. Une plateforme d’information et de guidage parmi les 39 musées de la ville. Ce projet s’inscrit dans le cadre du partenariat sur le développement culturel de Montréal conclu entre le ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec et la Ville de Montréal. L’application a été développée par la société canadienne Nurun. «Avec près d’une quarantaine d’institutions muséales membres de notre réseau qui sont réparties sur le territoire de la métropole, la SDMM propose son application mobile Musées Montréal. Cette application pratique et conviviale a été conçue pour que son utilisateur puisse repérer instantanément, en temps réel, les musées et les expositions qui lui sont à proximité, peu importe où il se trouve dans la métropole. 39 musées et plus de 140 expositions L’application est disponible gratuitement, dès maintenant sur l’App Store. . . .