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Let European copyright catch up with reality

“This week, the Wikimedia Foundation submitted comments to the European Commission, urging them to recommend a clear and broad freedom of panorama that would allow people to share images of buildings, sculptures, and monuments that are permanently located in a public space. We also voiced our concerns about the new proposed neighboring right for publishers, which—oddly enough—was included in the same consultation.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Libraries join global consortium to improve sharing of image-based resources

“Access to image-based resources — whether books, maps, scrolls, manuscripts, musical scores, or archival material — is critical for research and scholarship. But too often, such images are inaccessible because they are stored in custom, locally built applications that do not work with one another. A growing community of the world’s leading research libraries and image repositories aims to change that. The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) initiative was conceived to support uniform and rich access to images for scholars and students. The MIT Libraries have joined the IIIF Consortium as a founding member, working with other global leaders from national, state, and research libraries, as well as foundations, museums, and non-profit image services.” (via MIT)

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Zoom in to 9.3 Million Internet Archive Books and Images– through IIIF

“Cultural institutions around the globe, including the Internet Archive, are making images more dynamic through the International Image Interoperability Framework. This common technical framework and open standard is enabling university libraries such as Stanford’s, museums such as the Getty, and national institutions such as the Bibliothèque nationale de France to share content in a seamless and dynamic way. The key is IIIF’s interoperability. Now for the first time, scholars can assemble the pages of a centuries old manuscript held in dozens of libraries around the world, right on their computers.” (via Internet Archive)

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Wellcome Library Releases 100,000 Images From The History Of Medicine

“If you fancy your very own piece of the often barbaric and macabre history of medicine, then a new collection of over a hundred thousand ancient images could be for you. Wellcome Images, one of the world-renowned Wellcome Library’s major collections, has released thousands of pictures, paintings, etchings and engravings on a new website, freely available for high resolution download.” (via Forbes)

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A million first steps – British Library Uploads Over 1 Million Images onto Flickr Commons

“We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.” (via British Library)

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