New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art releases 375,000 Digital Works for Remix and Re-use Online via CC0

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Announcing the Met Collection
375,000 digital works now available for remix and re-use online via CC0

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announces that all public domain images in its collection will be shared under Creative Commons Online, expanding their digital collection by over 375,000 images as well as providing data on over 420,000 museum objects spanning more than 5,000 years. CC0 allows anyone to use, re-use, and remix a work without restriction. This announcement will shape the future of public domain images online and underscores the Met’s leadership role as one of the most important open museum collections in the world.

Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley joined the Met to announce the release. The Met collection of CC0 images can be browsed on the new CC Search beta, also announced this morning.

“Sharing is fundamental to how we promote discovery, innovation, and collaboration in the digital age,” said Merkley. “Today, The Met has given the world a profound gift in service of its mission: the largest museum in the United States has eliminated the barriers that would otherwise prohibit access to its content, and invited the world to use, remix, and share their public domain collections widely and without restriction.” 

At the announcement, Met partners also shared a series of other open initiatives, including the museum’s first Wikipedian-in-residence, a Github repository of the publicly accessible data, and a partnership with ITHAKA-Artstor and Pinterest to provide more extensive access to its collections. More information on these initiatives can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Image and Data Resources page.

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