Open access sure is exciting!
What started as a project intended to digitize 1,000 photographs and rare book illustrations within the American Museum of Natural History's collection has blossomed into a full-on image database with over 7,000 images and growing. According to the museum, photos will date back to 19th century scientific expeditions. The 7,000 photos are merely a sliver of the museum's collection (about 1%!) so I expect this archive to grow dramatically over time. Click here to view the collections on the homepage or begin a search.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Over 400,000 high resolution images from the MoMa's world-renowned art collection are now available in digital format, announced the museum director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell two weeks ago. The images are available for download directly from the website given that they are used noncommercially. The number of images will increase regularly as the museum works towards digitizing their entire encyclopedia collection of art. Click here to view the collection and test different search strategies.
And that's not all. You know all of those often terribly generic stock photos that are used alongside news articles or blog posts when the author didn't bother to take their own photos? Just about every stock photo is owned by Getty, and users have always had to pay to access Getty's image catalog. Not anymore! As long as you are using Getty's images noncommercially (as in not making money off it), you now have the ability to directly embed a Getty image player onto your webpage or presentation, with full copyright information included automatically with a link to the full licensing page. So how many photos are we talking here? 35 million. The link to a search of all embedded images is here.