Open access to Getty images

Thanks to my colleague, Laurie Taylor, for her blog entry on the Getty Institute‘s announcement regarding a new Open Access policy for the public domain images in Getty collections:

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. These are high-resolution, reproduction-quality images with embedded metadata, some over 100 megabytes in size. You can browse all available images here, or look for individual “download” links on the Getty Museum’s collection pages. As part of the download, we’ll ask for a very brief description of how you’re planning to use the image. We hope to learn that the images will serve a broad range of needs and projects. – See more at: http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/open-content-an-idea-whose-time-has-come/#sthash.ueeSKl3D.0GDdvCcR.dpuf

This is of course great news for art historians and many others seeking images of works of art online.

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