Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Online resources: The Getty Open Content Program

Any new digital development from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, has instantly got our attention! The newest project to catch our eye is the museum's 'Open Content Program' which makes 4,600 images, free for use, by anyone whom they inspire!

This excellent, high-quality resource aggregates artworks held in the Getty's eminent collections on one searchable web-space. Visitors to the site can select, use, modify and publish images for any purpose they see fit. The Getty want to know how the images will be used before they are released to use, share, manipulate or appropriate - no holds barred! Manuscripts, paintings, photographs and sculptural works in the public domain are some of the many types of art at the public's disposal.

The Open Content Program is part of the Getty's broader commitment to share as many of their art resources as they can, digitally. This includes plans to add further images from the museum's collection over time, and to add the special collections of the Getty Research Institute to the online site as the holdings receive copyright-clearance.

For a museum of the Getty's stature, its pledge to open digital access is representative of the move by galleries and museums to embrace new technological innovation and digital culture. Judge for yourself the significance of the resource by browsing its full contents here.