Showing posts with label Flickr Commons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Flickr Commons. Show all posts

Thursday, November 12, 2020

A New Collection of 17,000+ Historical Maps and Images

Flickr's The Commons is a great place to find all kinds of interesting historical photographs from museums and libraries all over the world. Recently, The British Library added a new collection of maps to Flickr's The Commons. The new collection is called the King's Topographical Collection and it contains more than 17,000 historical maps and images related to maps. 

The King's Topographical Collection is comprised of maps and drawings produced between 1500 and 1824. You can browse through, view, and download all of the maps and drawings in the collection. Unfortunately, the ability to search within the collection on Flickr is limited to just using "control+F" to search for words on the displayed page. When you do find something you like, click the download button on the image to save it in resolution of your choice. 

 
Applications for Education
The lack of a good search function is a limiting factor in using this collection in a meaningful way. That said, if you have the time to browse through it there could be some good materials to overlay onto Google Earth to make comparisons of historical maps and current maps. Of course, you could also just have students browse the collection to see if there is something that sparks their curiosity and then use that to jump into a little research activity.

Here's an overview of how to overlay historical imagery onto current Google Earth imagery. 



H/T to Open Culture.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Three Good Places to Find Public Domain Images

My earlier post about Common Craft's new video prompted a few people to ask me for recommendations for places to find public domain images and videos. Here are the three places that I go to when I need public domain images.

Pixabay hosts high quality public domain images. You can search on Pixabay by using keywords or you can simply browse through the library of images. When you find a Pixabay image you can download it in the size that suits your needs. Registered users do not have to enter a captcha code to download images. Users who do not register can download images, but they do have to enter a captcha code before downloading each picture. Pixabay has a "safe search" filter that I recommend activating before searching.



Flickr's The Commons hosts images from libraries and museums around the world. You can search The Commons by topic or by searching for a specific type of image.



Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Commons can be good places to find images that are in the public domain as well as images that have Creative Common licenses. I haven't found a great way to search for images on Wikipedia and Wikimedia so I just enter a search for a topic, person, or place and then scroll through the page to look for an image. It's not the most efficient process, but it works for me. Just make sure that you check the licensing statement on the image before you re-use it.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

How to Find Public Domain and Creative Commons Images

In last week's survey of Free Technology for Teachers readers Flickr The Commons, Photos for Class, and Pixabay were chosen as the best places to find public domain and Creative Commons images. All three can be used to find images that can be re-used in a variety of presentation formats. The videos embedded below provide an overview of how to use each image source.

Pixabay hosts high quality public domain images. You can search on Pixabay by using keywords or you can simply browse through the library of images. When you find a Pixabay image you can download it in the size that suits your needs. Registered users do not have to enter a captcha code to download images. Users who do not register can download images, but they do have to enter a captcha code before downloading each picture.



Photos for Class is a free site that helps students find Creative Commons licensed images. The images that they download from Photos for Class come with attribution information embedded into the footer of the image. In the short video below I demonstrate how easy it is to find pictures through Photos for Class.


You can put the the Photos for Class search engine in your own blog or website. The video embedded below offers a demonstration of that process.



Flickr The Commons hosts images from libraries and museums around the world. You can search The Commons by topic or by searching for a specific type of image.



Disclosure: Photos for Class is owned by the same company that runs Storyboard That, an advertiser on this blog. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Flickr Galleries - Art Students Curate Collections

Through their blog, Flickr has announced a new feature they're simply calling "galleries." Using Flickr's galleries option, anyone can assemble a gallery of up to eighteen images. You can arrange galleries around a theme or idea and add your own commentary about the collection. Galleries can be made from images you've uploaded to Flickr or you can use public images found on Flickr.

Applications for Education
Flickr's new galleries option could be used by photography students to create galleries of their work with an explanation of the theme they were trying to capture in their images.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
ArtsEdge - Podcasts and Lesson Plans
Blogs for Art Teachers
Kodak Lesson Plans

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Life Photo Archive Hosted By Google

Some of the most iconic images of the 19th and 20th centuries were captured by Life photographers. Now those images plus images never published are available through the Life Photo Archive hosted by Google. Last month Time and Getty announced the creation of Life.com. Life.com is not live yet, but the Life Photo Archive on Google is great step in making high quality iconic images available online.

Applications for Education
The Life Photo Archive could be a great place to get images to introduce a historical topic or spark a conversation about an event in history. The images from the archive might also be of interest to photography teachers as teaching models.

A couple of other places to find high quality images are the Flickr Commons and Archives.gov