Free photos in The Commons – commonsExplorer

Finding free photos for use in notes, to illustrate lectures and so on, is typically an activity that takes a bit of time – searching first Flickr, then WikiMedia, then a.n.other repository (and possibly checking in at some restricted rights repository that your institution subscribes to, though I rarely bother with this myself). Flickr now hosts a very rich set of creative commons images – its The Commons project has been working with a range of national and institutional archives to make them accessible to the public.

Now finding images is easier with commonsExplorer – a desktop app for Windows, Mac and Linux. commonsExplorer “provides a “big picture” view of these collections – a rich, single screen interface that reveals structures and patterns and encourages exploration.

Check it out here.

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