Our task for this week is to blog about our experience searching for open content.  “Did you find what you were looking for? How did you know if you could use it or not? Share what worked (new search tips!) and what didn’t for you.”

I’m trying to find two things.

 1. I’m gathering resources to show students what CC is and how to use it.  This is pretty easy because Jane has put us in the right direction and this online class has pointed us to some great resources. I don’t think I really need to look any further!

2.    I thought I’d also search for some student-centered resources for beginning digital photography. I’d like to find a few movies/lessons that students can use independently  to choose and produce final projects. As I was searching, I started with the OER general search page. I was taken directly to youtube, which makes sense since much of this will be video based. I started seeing some stuff that was really more directed at adults, so I added the term ‘kids’ to my search.  I found this awesome Vimeo site just for kids. Since we are just watching the movies, I don’t think use will be an issue.  I also want to find some good sources of high quality free photos that students can use in their projects.  In order to do this I’m going to update my image site.  I’m not done yet, but I’ve already removed quite a few links; some just no longer existed and others weren’t really clear on their usage.

Using Google Advanced image search is good, but I’d like to give my kids a few specific trusted sources as well.

Here’s a few that will be useful for my students. 5 great sites with very clear usage rights.

Where I got frustrated…I thought that all images from the federal government were in the public domain. But what I’m finding is that you still have to take the time to really look, since some of the posted images are taken from other collections, or might even be of unknown origin. I wish they’d be more clear on this and give each image a CC or public domain license.   Here are some examples.

  • American Memory is provided by the Library of Congress. They have an extensive library of images, and each image has an “about page” explaining the rights. Not all images are free to use, so be careful.   It is possible to look at individual images and see their rights, such as these from Manzanar, the Japanese internment camp. The rights on this one are listed as No known restrictions on publication.  What then?

  • The Federal Bureau of Land Management, it says this: Many of the images in this web site are considered public domain. There is no cost to download public domain images and they may be used in your print and electronic publications without further authorization from the BLM.  BUT, they didn’t really tell us which ones.

And one from a university…

  • Yale Digital Content added this about a number of images…“We welcome any additional information you might have. If you know more about an image on our website or if you are the copyright owner and believe we have not properly attributed your work, please contact us.”