Sunday, January 4, 2015

Smithsonian opens up digital collection

The Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler galleries have opened up their holdings, publishing over 40,000 pieces of art online (see Engadget article here and F/S Gallery page here). This is one of my favorite museums in DC, so it is great to see these works now available for non-commercial use online.
Source: F/S Gallery by James McNeil Whistler, 1859

According to the website, non-commercial use covers a variety of options, such as "artistic, educational, scholarly, and personal projects that will not be marketed, promoted, or sold. Examples include, but are not limited to, presentations, research, tattoos, sixth-grade science fair projects, tablet backgrounds, free and ad-free apps, GIFs, holiday centerpieces, Halloween costumes, decoupage, inspiration boards, and shower curtains." For more see the official Smithsonian Terms of Use for Digital Assets (pdf).

Freer & Sackler Gallery works can now be used with attribution on personal blogs such as this one, adding some visual interest to the stories we tell.

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