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METROPOLITAN MUSEUM PROVIDES FREE ACCESS TO 400,000 DIGITAL IMAGE
FromKottke.org “NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has made a whopping 400,000 high-resolution digital images of its collection available for free download. You can browse the collection here.”
FROM THE MET,
New Web Program Allows Free Image Download for Non-Commercial Use
“(New York, May 16, 2014)—Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis.
The Metropolitan Museum’s initiative—called Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC)—provides access to images of art in its collection that the Museum believes to be in the public domain and free of other known restrictions; these images are now available for scholarly use in any media. Works that are covered by the new policy are identified on the Museum’s website (http://www.metmuseum.org/collections) with the acronym OASC.
OASC was developed as a resource for students, educators, researchers, curators, academic publishers, non-commercial documentary filmmakers, and others involved in scholarly or cultural work. Prior to the establishment of OASC, the Metropolitan Museum provided images upon request, for a fee, and authorization was subject to terms and conditions.”
“How can I identify the Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) on the Met’s website?
Look for this icon Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) Icon below images in the Collection section of the website to identify images that are part of the OASC initiative.”
“How do I download an image designated for Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC)?
Look for this icon Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) Icon below the image in the Collection section of this website, then click on the download icon next to it Download Icon to save the image to your desktop or device.”
HOW TO OBTAIN TIFF IMAGES
“The Museum also contributes selections of images of artworks from its collection to the Images for Academic Publication (IAP) program hosted by the Artstor Digital Library. The IAP program provides another option for obtaining free images for academic and scholarly publication. Metropolitan Museum IAP images are TIFFs. Authors at participating Artstor institutions can access these images directly through the Artstor Digital Library; others may request temporary access to IAP. Temporary access to IAP requires a user email so a login and password can be issued.”
Additional information and instructions on OASC can be found on the Museum’s website at http://www.metmuseum.org/research/image-resources/frequently-asked-questions.