Creative Commons search page provides an easy way to search across various sites for Creative Commons-licensed images, video and audio. It’s a great way to start your search for openly licensed digital media.
Open Source Image Sharing
Pics4Learning – a popular site to find free, open source photo sharing for teachers and students (biomes, animals, art, food, world religions, fractals, holidays, space, landforms, geography, Native Americans, colonial America, Civil War, ancient civilizations, mythology, presidents, World War I, World War II)
Flickr – use the Advanced search option and check the box at the bottom to only search CC licensed photos, or link through here 200 million Creative Commons photos and counting! ( the largest CC photo repository in the world)
PhotoPin uses the Flickr API and searches creative commons photos to use for your blog. It generate the HTML code with proper citation for you to use.
CompFight.com is useful for helping students find pictures that are available for use under various Creative Commons licenses, and for teaching them about the different levels of permission
Wikipedia has vast majority of imags in Wikipedia open-licensed, click the image to find source and license, good resources for historic and academic topics
Wikimedia Commons – This is the media collection that Wikipedia draws from, including images, sound files and video clips, there are more historic and academic resources than Flickr, more than 11 billion media files are there; it’s also a great site to find government resources in publisc domain, many resources from National Archives and Library of Congress are digitized and uploaded onto this sites
Library of Congress Photo Archives – With over 1.2 millions images in this database, it’s an excellent source for student’s history projects. Each image has different licensing. (famous Americans, presidents, civil rights, wars, inventors, authors, American history)
NOAA Public Image Library is a wonderful resource for science projects. The database is extensive. (animals, volcanoes, weather, biomes, landforms, oceans)
Geograph – “The Geograph Britain and Ireland project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland…” Creative Commons licensed, contributore identified.
Florida’s Educational Technology Clipart Clearinghouse is a clipart and drawing collection of over 46,000 images. (mythology, math diagrams, money, fairy tales, alphabets, animals, historical figures) A maximum of fifty (50) clipart items may be used in any non-commercial, educational project (report, presentation, display, website, etc.) without special permission.
The British Library has released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images are taken from books dating back to the 17th, 18th, and 19th century. The images were initially owned and digitized by Microsoft and then later on were given to the British Library to be released into the public domain. They are tagged by publication year, by book, by author and by other means. For more information visit the Digital Scholarship Blog. (Highlights)
National Gallery of Art has more than 25.000 art images to offer you. Each image is accompanied by a snippet of information on the original artist behind it together with an option to browse through related works. Students can use it to look for free and re-usable art images to embed in their multimedia projects in the class without having to worry about copyright issues.
Other world-class museums putting large troves of digital art online for free and open-licensed:
- Metropolitan Museum Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images(public domain works)
- Getty Open Content Image collection (more details : Open Content Program from The Getty Trust )
- 35,000 artistic images from the National Gallery
- 57,000 works of art on Google Art Project
- The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix
- 40,000 Artworks from 250 Museums, Now Viewable for Free at Google Art Project
- The Rijksmuseum Puts 125,000 Dutch Masterpieces Online, and Lets You Remix Its Art
- The National Gallery Makes 25,000 Images of Artwork Freely Available Online
- LA County Museum Makes 20,000 Artistic Images Available for Free Download
- The Getty Puts 4600 Art Images Into the Public Domain
- New Robert Rauschenberg Digital Collection Lets You Download Free High-Res Images of the Artist’s Work
- Download 100,000+ Images From The History of Medicine, All Free Courtesy of The Wellcome Library
- Download 395 Art Catalogs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Free: The Guggenheim Puts 99 Modern Art Books Online
- Download Over 250 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum
NASA image gallery
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) publications
Wellcome Images is a medical picture library and the world’s leading source of images on medicine and its history. Pictures cover a period stretching from ancient civilisations to modern day photography. The images are being released under the Creative Commons-Attribution only (CC-BY) licence.
PICDROME is a growing Public Domain picture collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication.
PD Photo is another great image site and offers geography, landforms, food, space, plants, ocean, grammar, animals tmages.
Photos8 – It offers high quality, high resolution public domain images in geography, landforms, world religions, art, food, insects, plants.
Public Domain Photos offers a vast collection of clipart images and high resolution photos. (geography, landforms, US regions, flags from around the world, animals, space, ocean, plants, insects, food, vehicles, desert)
The Open Photo Project – Smaller collection of high quality open source photo sharing
Image*After – Smaller collection of high quality photos, Watch for Dreamstime images in search results; there are ads for commercial photos
morgueFile – Smaller collection of high quality open source photo sharing
Stock.XCHNG – Smaller collection of high quality open source photo sharing
Copyright free images – public domain pictures, free for any private or commercial use.
4FreePhotos is another site that offers quite a few artistic high quality images. Many of these would be great for backgrounds. Supporting Units: transportation, food, landforms, geography, art, aircraft, plants, penguins, Spring
Ookaboo – Creative commons (free) site for finding great images for class work
Google Swirl – to search for images and see their relationships with each other (use with Google Safe Search enabled)
Free Photo Bank – easy way to find creative common images
WPClipart – clip art, easy to search and high quality
Open Clip Art Library – clip art, larger collection and more variation in quality
School Clip Art – free clip art images for teachers and students
Karen Whimsey Public Domain Images has clipart, diagrams, sketches, and more public domain images. (ancient civilizations, world religions, musical instruments, art, silhouettes, vintage fashion, fairy tales, Native Americans, explorers, Civil War, geography, food, Spanish, art, architecture, Shakespeare, plants)
FreeTiiuPix – All the images on this website are original photographs taken by – Tiiu. The images are great for student and teacher research materials, projects, lesson plans or wallpapers.
If you like to re-work the graphics, Inkscape program is a suitable open source tool with versions for Mac, Windows and Linux.
Open Music and Open Source Sound Repositories
The Freesound Project – Open source sound effects of every type imaginable, searching by tag on the left is the easiest way to find things, you have to register and logged in to use them but it’s free, you can preview all of the clips in the browser before downloading.
Sound Bible offers thousands of copyright free sound effects, sound clips, and straight up sounds, they consist of Creative Commons and Public Domain works.[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/2779667″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Magnatune – Full access to 1200+ albums unlimited music downloads in a variety of MP3 and lossless formats as well as unlimited online music streaming. Your Magnatune membership makes it easy and legal to stream music at work, listen to downloaded music on your MP3 player, and burn CDs at home.
Jamendo – the biggest European platform for the online distribution of musical works under Creative Commons licences, 317,027 free music tracks downloads for private use, Royalty free music license for commercial purposes, more than 40,000 albums by independent artists, it’s also a community of music authors, also downloadable through BitTorrent.
IMSLP Petrucci Music Library – This is a resource where you can search public domain and licensed sheet music. It provides viewer with a variety of musical content from audio, sheet music, background information and more.
Purple Planet Royalty Free Music is a nice source for fun, easy to use, royalty-free music for projects.
Musopen.org is a non-profit online library of free music recordings and sheet music.
ccMixter – mostly contemporary music, a small number are marked “Not safe for work,” generally for adult language
Wikimedia Commons Music – variety, but mostly classical; also has videos
SoundCloud Creative Commons – SoundCloud has a unique media player that allows you to embed sound and music clips into other webpages. It also allows users to comment on the sound clips, directly on the media’s timeline, so you can leave a comment with the music. Like all good social media platforms, you can follow audio creators you like, so you can keep up on their creations.
Vimeo Music Store – searching just the Creative Commons or FREE tracks will reward you with a bountiful list of tunes using a Creative Commons license, even you aren’t Vimeo users you can download the FREE tracks without having to login, while downloading the track, a little pop up reminding you of the exact license of that track, so you know what you can and can’t do with it.
Find Sounds – A free site where you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples.
Free Kids Music.com – A collection of quality children’s music. These are complete songs, not edited versions. All music downloads on this site are free.
FreePlay Music – The Freeplay Music Library, is a comprehensive collection of High End Broadcast production music spanning all the popular musical genres, available for free download either online or can be purchased by cd.
PublicDomain4U has jazz, blues, country, folk songs, World War I
Sound Jay has sounds for weather, business, FACS, and backgrounds for podcast projects
Soungle has abundant sound effects for student projects including weather, emotions, dance, animals, water, and special effect sounds for podcasts
Open Source Multimedia Repositories
Movieclips.com is a curated collection of the best movie clips and trailers from thousands of films tha can be re-used, edited, legally shared and embedded on any web site. Moveclips also has curated a gallery of Mashups, a TOP10 of the best clips available. It is possible to search the huge film clips by categories(actors, directors, move title…), a specific movie quote, a specific theme or word.
National Repository of Online Courses – Algebra, Calculus, History, Biology, Environmental Science, Physics and World Religions.
American Rhetoric (Famous Speeches) The site makes material available in an effort to advance understanding of political, social, and religious issues as they relate to the study and practice of rhetoric and public address deemed relevant to the public interest and the promotion of civic discourse.
Teacher’s Domain – Good collection, register and do an advanced search for open source multimedia materials
Internet Archive – Movie Archive has Hundreds of thousands of public domain video clips, films, community submitted clips, and older historical news reels. There are thousands of great short video clips in the Arts category that would be useful for abstract video backgrounds during student news casts. From sports videos to animations and cartoons, there’s a LOT to dig through.
National Park Service B-Roll Video Archive has public domain video clips from a number of different U.S. National Parks and Monuments. This site has great footage for shots of nature and famous landmarks, monuments, and parks around the U.S. All of the footage is professional quality, and available in H.264 format, so it’s highly compatible with lots of software.
The Open Academy is a website that hosts a large variety of lecture videos delivered from top universities and scholars. There are lectures in Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and the Social Sciences, and the contributing universities include Harvard, Hale, UCLA, Oxford, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, and more.
Next Vista for Learning – The videos are all under 4 minutes so that you can find relevant video that fit well into a discussion and don’t abuse the attention span of viewers. Videos are all created by other learners, so students get to watch other students, not adults. Videos all include a handy download link for offline usage.
Khan Academy – instructional videos for math and science of k12 level
Karl Fisch’s Algebra Movies – instructional videos for high school algebra
K12 Open Ed Movies – includes middle school math and preK-2 – literacy
Kitzu – Digital Kits for education provided by the Orange County, California Department of Education
YouTube has launched a Creative Commons video library containing 10,000 videos under CC BY from organizations such as C-SPAN, PublicResource.org, Voice of America, and Al Jazeera. The library will serve as a base catalog of videos for users to access, edit, and incorporate into their own video projects. The YouTube Video Editor now contains a CC tab that allows users to search the Creative Commons video library and select videos to edit and remix. Users may remix videos directly on the editor platform, and any video that is created using CC BY-licensed content will automatically display the linked source videos’ titles underneath the video player.
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