May 23, 2022

14 Paris Museums (Paris Musées) Make 100,000 Digital High-Definition Reproductions From their Collections Available Online

From France 24 (in French, Translation via Google):

Paris Musées, which brings together 14 museums and sites of the City of Paris, make available from Wednesday 100,000 digital high-definition reproductions of works from their collections [without restriction], all for free.

From Paris Musées (in French, Translation via Bing)

This open data ensures free access and reuse by all of digital files, without technical, legal or financial restrictions, for commercial or non-commercial use.

Images of works belonging to the public domain under CC (Creative Commons Zero) are made available to all Internet users via the paris Museums collections portal. Initially, reproductions of 2D works that are not subject to rights are available in Open Content, images submitted to rights remain in low definition in order to illustrate the files of the website of the collections. For example, art lovers can download the works of the great names of photography (Atget, Blancard, Marville, Carjat…) or painting (Courbet, Delacroix, Rembrandt, Van Dyck…).

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This open access policy is accompanied by a process of promotion, mediation and awareness to guide Internet users. Each user retrieves a folder containing the high-definition image (300 dpi – 3,000 pixels), a file with the work’s instructions and a charter of good practices related to CC-licensed images to invite everyone to cite the source and information about the work.

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UPDATE January 9, 2019: Coverage from Hyperalleric

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