Published November 20, 2013
Blogs & websites , copyright , Image searching , Museum news
Tags: archives, copyright, education, image viewing, libraries, museums, open content
The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the launch of an expanded Online Digital Image Collection of selections from their holdings. The Harry Ransom Center has a significant digital presence — see what they offer by searching or browsing their finding aids.
If your interested in or have questions about copyright issues, check out their Online Copyright Resources and other related links.
CAMIO® (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online, hosted by OCLC) is an online resource for images from a number of prominant museums. You can perform searches across the site or from only a selected number of institutions, or browse by institution or work type. Every work in CAMIO is represented by at least one high-resolution image (link found at the top of a record) and a description; many have additional views of the work, sound, video and curatorial notes.
We’ve mentioned Europeana before on the Red Dot but it’s certainly worth mentioning again – it’s a site that brings together digital content (all media!) from all aspects of European culture: museums, archives, libraries, and historic sites. They’ve launched an app called the Europeana Open Culture app (download it here), which showcases some of their partner collections. They’ve got a great blog post that illustrates some of the collections’ riches, using the Rijksmuseum’s public domain works as examples. Whether you explore it using the app, or the website, you are entering a vast world of content.
There are some website search tips here, and browsing via the exhibitions page is a wonderful way to explore by subject or theme.
The LA Times posted a photo gallery of the SB Botanic Garden’s recovery after the Jesusita fire. Click here for access to over 35,000 additional images of the Garden’s historical, cultural and architectural images as well as images of California native plants, planted and natural landscapes, and animals.
With the beginning of the academic year fast approaching, ARTstor offers this refresher on navigating through their ever-growing library of images. This post covers browsing the four categories of Geography, Classification (i.e. media), Collection, and Featured Groups. Another helpful browsing tool is the Associated Images icon () at the bottom of some thumbnails: clicking on this icon returns similar images other users have saved into image groups with the image you’re viewing.
As always, if you’d like additional assistance with ARTstor stop by the IRC or contact us to set up an appointment.
The Getty has launched its Open Content Program with the aim of sharing its digital resources as widely and freely as possible. They are starting with material from the museum but will be adding content from the Research Institute and Conservation Institutes over time. These images can be used “for any purpose without first seeking permission from the Getty” – that’s right, any purpose, although you do need to inform them when using Getty images in publications. To get a taste of what’s available so far, you can browse the collections here. To download a high-res copy, click on the Primary Title link of the work you want and select Download beneath the image thumbnail.
Read more about this initiative on the Getty blog, The Iris
For those of you who use web searches extensively for your lectures or presentations, check out the post “The Art Of Reproduction” on the blog Visual Hint — the color of data:
“Type “Danae Klimt” into your favorite search engine, and you conjure up a high-resolution image of Gustav Klimt’s Danaë: tan limbs, a shower of gold, red hair.”
“Or did you find pink limbs? Or were they gray or even green? There’s the rub: the seemingly perfect museum holds dozens of Danaës—with dozens of different palettes. Even the shape changes as reproductions are subtly cropped.”
“Curious just how far reproductions stray from each other, we began an investigation. (Go directly to the results if you like.) For a set of famous artworks, we downloaded all the plausible copies we could find. Then we wrote software to reconstruct each artwork as a mosaic, a patchwork quilt where each patch comes from an individual copy.”
hat tip: Nancy Alexander
Ever wonder how you can efficiently find texts and visual media in the public domain? One helpful source is The Public Domain Review, a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation “dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online.” Browse the site’s articles or collections by media type and sign up to receive a bi-monthly newsletter in your inbox with featured highlights. The Review cites who’s responsible for making the works available and where to find them.
For those interested in the history of the Open Knowledge movement, click here for a concise visual timeline.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s digital collection — so far, that’s 217,630 records — is available to search online. There are some useful searching tips on the online collection homepage or try browsing within the three set “facets”: record type (e.g., oral history, photograph, document), language, or special collection. Other special features include links to over 3,800 streamable oral history testimonies (roughly 7,600 total hours), downloadable finding aids to over 8,200 archival collections, and over 4,500 films. There is also a link at the bottom of every record, should you need it, to ask a reference question. For more information on searching the collections, click here.