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Smithsonian releases 2.8 million free images

(25 Feb 2020) The Smithsonian announced today the launch of Smithsonian Open Access, an initiative that removes Smithsonian copyright restrictions from about 2.8 million of its digital collection images and nearly two centuries of data. This means that people everywhere can now download, transform and share this open access content for any purpose, for free, without further […]


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45,000 images from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is now available

(27 Jan 2020) The Open Artstor: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Collection is now available, featuring a selection of more than 45,000 images under Creative Commons licenses. This is part of a new, free initiative to aggregate open museum, library, and archive collections across disciplines on the Artstor platform — already a destination for […]


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Paris Musées releasing copyright-free digital images into the public domain from Jan 2020

(9 Jan 2020)  In a major step towards greater open access in France, Paris Musées is releasing its digital collections into the public domain with a CC0 waiver. Europeana’s Douglas McCarthy spoke with Philippe Rivière, Head of Communication and Digital at Paris Musées. The full interview is here.


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100,000 images from the Wellcome Collection on Artstor

(27 Sep 2019) The Open Artstor: Wellcome Collection is now available, featuring a selection of more than 100,000 images from the Wellcome Collection that connect science, medicine, technology, life, and art under Creative Commons licenses. This is part of a new, free initiative to aggregate open museum, library, and archive collections across disciplines on the […]


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Conceptual Captions: A new dataset and challenge for image captioning

(5 September 2019) The web is filled with billions of images, helping to entertain and inform the world on a countless variety of subjects. However, much of that visual information is not accessible to those with visual impairments, or with slow internet speeds that prohibit the loading of images. Image captions, manually added by website […]


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Register for an Artstor user account

(22 August 2018) Maybe you’ve been searching and viewing images in Artstor, and even downloaded images from public collections, but you’d like to do more. Register for an account and you will! Registered users at subscribing institutions can download images from Artstor’s core collections of 2.5 million images, save and organize these images into groups, export them […]


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Wiley and Lumina Datamatics increase the discoverability of millions of images from Wiley Online Library

(3 April 2018, Hoboken, N.J) John Wiley and Sons Inc. and Lumina Datamatics today announced a new partnership that will enable the discovery and legal use of Wiley’s vast collection of images and figures  on Lumina’s Rights Platform. Lumina Datamatics will increase the accessibility of critical figures and images found in Wiley’s publications, while empowering […]


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More than 13,000 images in architecture newly available

(13 March 2018) Artstor has released more than 13,000 new images in Architecture from leading scholars and institutions. This wide-ranging release includes surveys of historic and modern sites, including medieval mosques, restored church architecture in Mexico, Yanaka cemetery in Tokyo, and structures and sculptures along New York City’s High Line. Alka Patel and the University […]


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Wiley Digital Archives announces debut partnership with Royal College of Physicians to provide access to 500 years of medical history

(11 January 2018, Hoboken, N.J.)  John Wiley and Sons Inc., today announced that the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is the latest Wiley Digital Archives partner. The relationship with  RCP is the first venture between Wiley and this prestigious society—the oldest medical college in England. The digital resource will contain approximately 5 million images, selected […]


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Feedback requested on phase one of the OpenJPEG improvement project

(6 October 2017) The first phase of improvements to OpenJPEG, an open source JPEG 2000 codec, has drawn to a close, resulting in the latest release of OpenJPEG version 2.3.0. This new release finalizes the work made by Even Rouault and funded by several academic institutions and archival organizations to make OpenJPEG significantly faster and […]


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iLPixel releases ImaChek, a suite of image analysis solutions

(22 September 2017, Singapore)  iLPixel Global releases ImaChek, a suite of image analysis solutions for promoting scientific integrity and detecting image misconduct. Free trials are available for all first-time users of ImaChek Pro. ImaChek Pro : Tapping into advanced image analysis algorithms, the system automates the process to detect reutilized images. Users simply upload their […]


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National Palace Museum makes exhibit images free to download

An imperial palace museum in Taiwan has made thousands of images of its artwork and artefacts available to download online, it’s reported. (13 July 2017) According to popular news website The Paper, Taipei’s National Palace Museum has placed 70,000 high-quality electronic images in a free-to-download archive so that online users can enjoy its exhibitions. It […]


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Announcing the OpenJPEG Improvement Project

(27 April 2017) Several institutions in the IIIF community (International Image Interoperability Framework)  have come together to launch the first phase of a collaborative effort to facilitate improvement of OpenJPEG, an open source JPEG 2000 codec, freely available under a BSD license. OpenJPEG has achieved a great deal of success, and has been adopted for […]


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Kyoto University Library Network joins the IIIF Consortium

(29 December 2016) The Kyoto University Library Network has officially joined the IIIF Consortium, expanding the reach of IIIF activities in Japan. An announcement is also available in Japanese. In a recent bulletin, the Library Network announced that work is underway to digitize items from a collection of over 6.9 million rare and important cultural […]


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国際的なWeb画像の相互運用規格を策定するIIIF協会への加盟のお知

東京大学大学院人文社会系研究科次世代人文学開発センター人文情報学拠点長 下田正弘 2016年9月8日、東京大学大学院人文社会系研究科次世代人文学開発センター人文情報学拠点(以下、人文情報学拠点)は、国際的なWeb画像の相互運用規格を策定するIIIF(International Image Interoperability Framework、トリプルアイエフ)協会への加盟が、日本の機関として初めて、正式に承認されました。 IIIFは、Webで公開される画像資料を広く共有し活用するための国際共通規格で、フランス国立図書館のgallica、全米デジタル公共図書館DPLA、ハーバード大学等、先進的な機関がこれに準拠して画像公開を進めてきました。2015年6月、IIIFの国際規模での本格的拡大運用を目指してIIIF協会が設立され、英国図書館、フランス国立図書館、ノルウェー国立図書館、イスラエル国立図書館、ヴァティカン図書館、バイエルン州立図書館、スタンフォード大学、イェール大学、ハーバード大学、オックスフォード大学ボドリアン図書館、ゲティ財団、ウェルカム財団など、デジタル画像公開を進める世界各地の機関が加盟し、IIIFの策定運用と普及に取り組んでいます。 人文情報学拠点では、従来、「日本デジタル・ヒューマニティーズ学会」の設立や人文学向けデジタルテクスト構造化の国際標準を提供するText Encoding Initiative協会における「東アジア/日本語分科会」の設立など、国際的なデジタル学術環境の進展に日本の人文学全体を適応させるための、さまざまな活動を推進してまいりました。こうしたなか、今回、IIIF加盟が認められたのは、日本の人文学と芸術学の基礎資料を世界に開きだしてゆくための、画期的な決定であったと考えています。 ここに至る背景には、科学研究基盤S「仏教学新知識基盤の構築――次世代人文学の先進的モデルの提示」および「SAT大蔵経2015」における、永崎研宣研究員を中心とする画像公開への積極的取り組みが高く評価されたことがあります。今後、こうした経験を日本の人文学のみならず、博物館、文書館、資料館等の画像資料公開の取り組みに活かせるよう、さらに努力を重ねて参る所存です。 なお、9/12(月)には、東京大学史料編纂所大会議室(福武ホール)にて、日本デジタル・ヒューマニティーズ学会のプレイベントとして、IIIFを紹介する公開ワークショップを国内では初めて参加費無料にて開催いたしました。今後もこのような取組みを国内各地で展開してまいりますのでご参加・ご協力のほど、よろしくお願いいたします。 参考URL: 東京大学大学院人文社会系研究科次世代人文学開発センター人文情報学拠点 http://21dzk.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp/DHI/ IIIF http://iiif.io/ IIIF協会 http://iiif.io/community/consortium/ SAT大正蔵図像DB http://dzkimgs.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp/SATi/images.php The announcement is here.


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