On 2/28/20 6:34 AM, Cara Gibson wrote:
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Hi All,

Great news!

The Smithsonian announced the launch of Smithsonian Open Access
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://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/ento/). 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://www.si.edu/search/collection-images?edan_q=Xylotrechus&edan_fq%5B0%5D=metadata_usage%3ACC0%20OR%20media_usage%3ACC0 very quickly compared to the original interface.

This is a great addition to my bookmarks!


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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