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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Puts 400,000 High-Res Images Online & Makes Them Free to Use

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Puts 400,000 High-Res Images Online & Makes Them Free to Use
On Friday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that "more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use." Even better, the images can be used at no charge (and without getting permission from the museum). In making this announcement, the Met joined other world-class museums in putting put large troves of digital art online. Witness the 87,000 images from the Getty in L.A., the 125,000 Dutch masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, the 35,000 artistic images from the National Gallery, and the 57,000 works of art on Google Art Project. The Met's online initiative is dubbed "Open Access for Scholarly Content," and, while surfing the Met's digital collections, you'll know if a particular work is free to download if it bears the "OASC" acronym. In an FAQ, the Met provides simple instructions on how to figure that all out. Happy rummaging. via Kottke

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