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Find out what's included under each category. Below are lists of our top record types and names in our Art & Design category. see all Names: Below are lists of our top record types and cultures in our History & Culture category. Below are lists of our top record types, orders and kingdoms names in our Science & Technology category. What interests you at the Smithsonian? Please note that this search does not currently include items from the National Museum of American History or the National Museum of Natural History.

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Partners The Museum of Online Museums (MoOM) Exceptional exhibits are highlighted each quarter. Selections from previous seasons are archived here. Please consider joining our MoOM Board of Directors won't you? You'll receive some nice swag and can lord it over your less civic-minded friends. While even the most daring critic would find it difficult to describe computer viruses as "art," there's a certain bizarre artistry mixed among the prankster-ism and the outright cruelty of their creators.

Millions of historic images posted to Flickr by Robert Miller, Global Director of Books, Internet Archive “Reading a book from the inside out!”. Well not quite, but a new way to read our eBooks has just been launched. Check out this great BBC article: Here is the fabulous Flickr commons collection: Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from the Digital Collections website. Search Digital Collections No permission required. A Selection from The MET’s Public Domain Collection, Now Free from All Restrictions Ever since The Public Domain Review began we’ve long harboured fantasies about the Metropolitan Museum joining the growing ranks of those institutions (The Getty, New York Public Library, and Rijksmuseum, among others) who have opened up their digital copies of public domain works, making them free from all restrictions on use. Now, after a statement made last week, The MET have done just that — making all digital copies of their incredible public domain collection available under a CC0 license and in high resolution. While included in the vast lot of more than 200,000 images is a wonderful selection of the well known — Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet, etc. — we present here our highlights from the perhaps lesser known corners (though we couldn’t resist sneaking in a Paul Klee).

How can I search for images which I know I am allowed to reuse in my work without seeking copyright permission? - Library Help The best way of finding images you can reuse without separate permission is to use the advanced Google image search engine at You can use the drop-down at the bottom to choose the licence option 'free to use, share, modify even commercially'. This looks for Creative Commons Attribution-licensed images and others on an open license. If you limit your search this way in the beginning, you can find images quickly which you can attribute to the creator in your work, without having to contact the creator for any separate permissions. You can see an example of how to attribute Creative Commons-licensed works at For further guidance and other image banks to try see our Images Guide.

How to give attribution You can use CC-licensed materials as long as you follow the license conditions. One condition of all CC licenses is attribution. Here is an example of an ideal attribution of a CC-licensed image: “Furggelen afterglow” by Lukas Schlagenhauf is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0. A Digital Renaissance for Online Art Collections It's become very apparent that in a world starved of external stimuli, people turned to art online for a visual feast. Covid-19 has changed a LOT of things and art is not least among those activities that will be changed forever. Bye bye, blockbusters: can the art world adapt to Covid-19? - back in April - suggested that online might well become the NEW norm for consuming art. “We’re going to talk in terms of before and after.

Northern Forest Atlas Our Digital Atlases are unique products developed to showcase our high-resolution photography. Each contains 1,400 or more pictures, with notes on identification and ecology. The majority of the pictures can be zoomed to full screen or beyond; on a full-size monitor this gives magnifications from 3x to over 50x, and allows the atlases to function as digital microscopes, preloaded with 200 to 300 species each. The Digital Atlases are both useful and beautiful. Students and naturalists can use them for identification, review, and to meet plants they haven’t seen.

Art Institute of Chicago Offers Thousands of Free, High-Resolution Images Georges Seurat,” A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884″ (1884–8), oil on canvas, 81 3/4 x 121 1/4 inches (image courtesy Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection) The Art Institute of Chicago has opened up much of its digital archive to the public. Now, website users have unrestricted access to thousands of images — exactly 44,313, with more to be added — under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This move is part of the museum’s website redesign. What this means, according to the Art Institute, is that these images can be downloaded for free on the artwork’s pages. In addition, the Institute has also enhanced image viewing capabilities on object pages, allowing viewers to see the works in greater detail.