At A Grand Re-Opening of the Public Domain at the Internet Archive, I teased a new product vision for CC Search that gets more specific than our ultimate goal of providing access to all 1.4 billion CC licensed and public domain works on the web. I’m pleased to present that refined vision, which is focused on building a product that promotes not just discovery, but reuse of openly-licensed and public domain works. We want your feedback in making it a reality. What kinds of images do you most need and desire to reuse when creating your own works? Along that vein, what organizational collections would you like to see us prioritizing for inclusion? Where can we make the biggest difference for you and your fellow creators?
Our 2019 vision is:
“CC Search is a leading tool for creators looking to discover and reuse free resources with greater ease and confidence.”
The vision centers on reuse — CC will prioritize and build for users who seek to not only discover free resources in the commons, but who seek to reuse these resources with greater ease and confidence, and for whom in particular the rights status of these works may be important. This approach means that CC will shift from its “quantity first” approach (front door to 1.4 billion works) to prioritizing content that is more relevant and engaging to creators.
The base catalog is the database of all CC works we are continuing to gather and grow. We envision users will be able to access this catalog in three ways:
- Through CC Search — the default front end you see now.
- Through some curation on CC Search — you could imagine different portals for different kinds of users, e.g. educators seeking open textbooks.
- Through CC Search being integrated directly into other sites and software via a CC API, e.g. CC Search in Google Docs.
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See Also: Image Search Tools: Creative Commons Announces “Significant Update” to CC Search (Beta)
Posted September 25, 2018