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On 2/28/20 6:34 AM, Cara Gibson wrote:
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> Hi All,
>
> Great news!
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> The Smithsonian announced the launch of Smithsonian Open Access
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.si.edu_openaccess&d=DwICaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=-lUMCZ4RK28H4qvcd3vmEBuyVJHHG0OpDzFenR9wX-A&m=yG4NBJHa0dcr28UNeSf6vMXG6Fx8MECsBbZW0YE6fzA&s=GTnYebeRZaxt-KBdYPwCXjsmwxZqpoTxe4QblPo-OGU&e=  
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.si.edu_openaccess&d=DwMFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=-lUMCZ4RK28H4qvcd3vmEBuyVJHHG0OpDzFenR9wX-A&m=nAeMBy6i7Wsw4yU2O3dftzRdD1J2PFOoHVAKmvZeg_c&s=oQevJn4YUjuGXdZjRyRqa8PNaNpwxMLwTxc9zxYV3GU&e=>>, 
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> an initiative that removes Smithsonian copyright restrictions from 
> about 2.8 million of its digital collection images and nearly two 
> centuries of data. This means that people everywhere can now download, 
> transform and share this open access content for any purpose, for 
> free, without further permission from the Smithsonian.
>
> A search for 'insect' revealed 74,996 assets available!
>
Excellent! This is a slightly more intuitive interface for tracking down 
images of insect primary types in the USNM collections than the previous 
interface (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__collections.nmnh.si.edu_search_ento_&d=DwICaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=-lUMCZ4RK28H4qvcd3vmEBuyVJHHG0OpDzFenR9wX-A&m=yG4NBJHa0dcr28UNeSf6vMXG6Fx8MECsBbZW0YE6fzA&s=ces2ekKPSs4dmDbwwGV-MWYXrHtmU4CF3k2BMgKOpxI&e= ). That original 
interface uses a fairly obscure little unlabeled button to display the 
image gallery for found results, while the new link shows only the 
images, immediately; if that's what you're after, it does save some time 
(it also displays the images at a *much* larger initial viewing size, 
instead of forcing you to click on thumbnails to enlarge them).

e.g., a search for "Xylotrechus" gives 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.si.edu_search_collection-2Dimages-3Fedan-5Fq-3DXylotrechus-26edan-5Ffq-255B0-255D-3Dmetadata-5Fusage-253ACC0-2520OR-2520media-5Fusage-253ACC0&d=DwICaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=-lUMCZ4RK28H4qvcd3vmEBuyVJHHG0OpDzFenR9wX-A&m=yG4NBJHa0dcr28UNeSf6vMXG6Fx8MECsBbZW0YE6fzA&s=UT1O6zQDtuy2hggEi0rCXL39uD_q4deucFoVCAZ4sFY&e=  
very quickly compared to the original interface.

This is a great addition to my bookmarks!

Peace,

-- 
Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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