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Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images and Data into the Public Domain Using CC0
The Smithsonian—the world's largest museum and research institution—recently announced Smithsonian Open Access, an initiative that removes copyright restrictions from 2.8 million digital 2D and 3D images and nearly two centuries of data.
We're excited to see this initiative come to fruition as members of the Creative Commons team, including our Interim CEO/Director of Open Education Cable Green, General Counsel Diane Peters, and CC GLAM platform lead Evelin Heidel have worked with the Smithsonian for the past few years on its open access policy. Thanks also to all of the CC alum (e.g., Jane Park, Ryan Merkley, and more) who worked with the Smithsonian in prior years.
Here's who else recently released works into the public domain:
- Biodiversity Heritage Library released 150,000+ images and sketches
- Paris Musées released 100,000+ works
- Sketchfab will now support CC0 on its platform, including all of the Smithsonian's 3D models and scans!
- Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo released historical images using CC0
P.s. Know of anyone else? Send us a note!
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