375,000 Pictures Put On Display For Free By NYC's Met Museum
As of today, all images of public-domain works in The Met collection are available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). This means that anyone wishing to use any of the 375 000 images for artistic, educational, or personal use, can do so without restriction. Images can be remixed and used for both noncommercial, and commercial use. This open access policy is a strong statement in the Met’s digital evolution, and is a great step towards the museum's mission of being “open and accessible for all who wish to study and enjoy the works of art in their care” as stated by Met Director Thomas P. Campbell.
The collection is an enormous collection of 1.5 million objects spanning 5000 years of culture around the world. Conscious of the 3 billion internet-connected people worldwide, this new tactic is sure to attract a huge audience towards the Met. The images have been curated and sorted into categories to facilitate searches. The digital library continues to grow, as 18,000 open access hi-res images were added last year.
We personally think this move by the Met museum is a brilliant decision, and that it is sure to spark creativity and spread knowledge in the digital age.