May 22, 2022

Image Search Tools: Creative Commons Announces “Significant Update” to CC Search (Beta)

From the Creative Commons Blog:

This iteration of CC Search integrates access to more than 10 million images across 13 content providers. The data was obtained by processing 36 months of web crawl data from the Common Crawl corpus (an open repository of web crawl data maintained by the Common Crawl Foundation).


In addition, the new release contains several new features, including AI image tags generated from our collaborator, Clarifai.


Currently, 10.3 million images have their respective Clarifai tags and the outstanding images will be integrated on an ongoing basis.

The full list of providers:

Provider Domain # CC Licensed Works
Animal Diversity Web 14,839
Behance 5,245,785
Deviantart 206,506
Digitalt Museum 88,970
Encyclopedia of Life 547,488
Flickr 426,214
Flora-On 26,498
Geograph UK 1,018,560
IHA Holiday Ads 2,058,272
McCord Museum 108,800
The Metropolitan Museum of Art 96,260
Museums Victoria 64,719
Science Museum – UK 14,280


The new design allows users to search by category, see popular images, and search more accurately across a wide range of content.

Users can also now share content and create public lists of images without an account using an anonymous authentication scheme. is a new a link shortening system that makes it easy to share cool stuff you find on our platform to social media – users can share both images and lists, no login required. In addition, the new platform provides the ability to filter by provider, license, creator, tag (including those generated by Clarifai), or title.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.