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Image Resources at Otis

Including Otis Library's Imaging Projects and subscription databases.

OtisDID
Otis Digital Image Database (OtisDID) for teaching and learning. Focus is on art and design history. (Otis Community only)
Otis Collections Online Showcase for Otis collections and a repository for Otis archives. Images and materials from the Library, Galleries, Departments and Faculty.
Material Connexion Resource on materials: polymers, glass, ceramics, carbon-based, cement-based materials, metals, natural materials, etc. Optional: To set up a personal account (with Otis email) which will enable you to save materials and searches, click here.

Other Resources on the Web

Usage Guide for Online Resources (Copyright Issues)

LIB            movies

A library containing thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.
Flickr Creative Commons

Searches Flickr CC-labeled images which may be used under certain conditions such as attribution. Check rights before use. You can also search directly through Flickr Advanced Search.

Copyright/Royalty-Free Collections

Best Copyright-Free Photo Libraries  - Links to 12 US Government collections with images in the public domain.
  Open Clip Art Library - Clip art images available for downloading and remixing; all images are in the public domain.
  Open Photo - Moderated photo community with the goal of uniting image consumers and producers through friendly Creative Commons licensing. (Royalty-free images, many of which are free.)
  Stock.xchng - FREE royalty-free images. (Requires sign-up.)
  Freeimages - 6000 images. (Require credit.)

Architecture and Urban Design

ArchNet- Collection of images, books, maps, drawings, and more of architecture and urban design in the Muslim world.
  Digital Imaging Project - Images of architecture, historical sites, and more taken by Professor Mary Sullivan at Bluffton U. (Some large, some not.)
  Emporis - Database of worldwide commerical real estate information and construction data.
  Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles - Search for murals in Los Angeles County by title and neighborhood as well as by muralist.

Art and Art History

Artchive - Survey site with a  focus on modern and contemporary art (not all are large images; beware of pop-up windows)
  Saskia - High quality images of art history (hundreds are already available in OtisDID, but there may be some we still need.)
  Smithsonian Collections Search Center - Search across the collections of the Smithsonian's museums and archives.
  Victoria and Albert Museum - Focuses on decorative arts, most images also available for publication.
  Web Gallery of Art - Survey site with a focus on Renaissance European painting and sculpture
  World Images - Survey site of art historical images

Printing and Book Arts

Database of Bookbindings - Produced by the British Library.
  Papyrus Collection - The University of Michigan has made its large collection of papyrus fragments available digitally.

Historical Images and Documents

American Memory Project - Powered by the Library of Congress, the site offers access to images and documents of US history from different institutions.
  Calisphere - The California Digital Library offers this collection of images of California history. (Images vary in size.)
  Civil Rights Digital Library - Contains a plethora of primary sources, including images, sound and video
  Historical Anatomies on the Web - The National Libraries of Medicine has posted excellent images from many antique books on anatomy.
  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection - The online catalog contains many images of items from their collection, some of which are public domain.
  Digital Vaults - Search for materials from the US National Archives using the semantic web.
  Screen Search Fashion - Thematic guide to 1920s-1930s UK fashion and dress via film archive (no still images)
  Visible Earth - NASA project. Some of these images may also be available in NIX (NASA Image Exchange), which is available through the OtisDID.