July 15, 2021 by Barbara Orbach Natanson
The selection of pictures shared in our latest album posted on the photosharing site, Flickr, made me reflect not only on the strong associations in my own past between summer and corn on the cob, but also how fertile corn’s visual potential is.
In fact, corn has traditionally been a symbol of life and fertility, particularly among the native peoples of the Americas, so I was delighted to see how artists and designers realized corn’s ripe possibilities in a variety of contexts.
Possibly my favorite is this musically inclined fellow composed of corn cob, leaves, and tassels (a composition that simultaneously demonstrates the rich linguistic play the word corn offers–I didn’t appreciate until I read the description that he is playing the cornet!):
Source: New Flickr Album: A Corn-ucopia of Pictures | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos
Wonderful news, fits open culture, open access to encourage use and access to art images.. kudos to The Met.. read more about the policy, gain access to the images, and learn how to identify the public domain images here.
Director Thomas P. Campbell announces a major update to the Museum’s policy governing the use and reuse of images in our collection.
Source: Making The Met’s Collection More Accessible | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Today we are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse! The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials: a removal of administration fees and processes from public domain content, and also improvements to interfaces — popular and technical — to the digital assets themselves.
Online users of the NYPL Digital Collections website will find more prominent download links and filters highlighting restriction-free content; while more technically inclined users will also benefit from updates to the Digital Collections API enabling bulk use and analysis, as well as data exports and utilities posted to NYPL’s GitHub account. These changes are intended to facilitate sharing, research and reuse by scholars, artists, educators, technologists, publishers, and Internet users of all kinds. All subsequently digitized public domain collections will be made available in the same way, joining a growing repository of open materials.
Source: Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse | The New York Public Library
Editor’s Note: Try it by using the visualization tool or Web site, it’s amazing…