SMITHSONIAN RELEASES OVER 2.8 MILLION IMAGES AT ONCE INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, FOR FREE
So do you like history? Or how about design? You know, playing with images. Maybe you’re a student. Or maybe you just like Photoshop too much in your spare time? Well, regardless, this is big news even if you don’t. The Smithsonian Institute has just released 2.8 million images into the public domain. But if that seems like a lot, that’s because it is. As you know, copyright is a bitch. Especially in the modern, increasingly virtual, world. All the big companies love them some control over their content. I don’t blame them for that. But I do mind how long they own it. And how hard it can be to make art with images everyone finds familiar.
ARTISTS, STUDENTS, DESIGNERS AND THE CURIOUS CAN DOWNLOAD HIGH RESOLUTION GOLD
So how can you find these images? The Smithsonian created a new conduit for you to access. In fact, they call it the Smithsonian Open Access. It’s an online platform that anyone and everyone can access for free. You can browse all the content and download whatever you want, even in high resolution! So it’s a win-win for creative and commercial types. Need content for your website! You can certainly find something there to use. For free.
200,000 MORE IMAGES TO COME, BUT SMITHSONIAN STILL DIGITIZING 155 MILLION MORE
So what are these images? They are content from every Smithsonian museum. We’re talking about 19 of them, in fact. So this also includes their 9 research centers, their libraries and archives. But wait, there’s also the National Zoo as well. But there’s more to come! At least 200,000 more images will roll out the rest of the year. And then there will be even more. They are still working on digitizing the 155 million items in their collections. So go have a look. But then look some more and get your download on. Here’s where you can find it.