“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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“Imagine being able to pore over a sketchbook by Jacques-Louis David in minute detail, to investigate Mayan, Aztec, and Zapotec ruins in Mexico, or to study the costumes and social mores at Versailles. All of these things are possible with today’s addition to the Open Content Program, which includes 5,400 artwork images from the collections of the Getty Research Institute—bringing the total number of available images to over 10,000.” (via The Getty Iris)
“Today the Getty becomes an even more engaged digital citizen, one that shares its collections, research, and knowledge more openly than ever before. We’ve launched the Open Content Program to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible. The initial focus of the Open Content Program is to make available all images of public domain artworks in the Getty’s collections. Today we’ve taken a first step toward this goal by making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose.” (via The Getty Iris)
“Have you ever taken a photo and posted it on Flickr in the hopes that you would be able to license it and make some money off of it? Well thousands of users have done that and today, Getty Images announced that it catalogued its 500,000th Flickr from its database. Over three years ago, Flickr announced that it was partnering with Getty Images. At the time, Flickr’s General Manager Kakul Srivastava said the partnership was a “testimony to the Flickr community of photographers who have influenced the aesthetics of photography with authentic, creative and cutting-edge images which will now be available to Getty Images’ customers around the world.” The deal was that this initiative would create the first commercial licensing opportunity for photo-enthusiasts in the Flickr community.
via The Next Web.
Daily Gvan – “From among the great number of online editors, we have hand picked some of the best ones that we found to be are noteworthy. With each site description, we have tried to tell you how or what feature of the editor forced us to include it in the list.”
Some new to me ones to look at.