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Open Access Resources

The following are links to selected 'open access' web sites, resources, publications, and more with a focus on the Creative Arts:     Videos
  • Academic Earth - Providing open access to a range of free online courses and resources related to the fine arts, performing arts, and more.
  • Best of Art History - Portal to art history web sites created by EdTechTeacher Inc.
  • Community College 'Open' Textbooks - Peer reviewed free and open textbooks for use in community college courses.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - A directory of a wide range of freely available, online Open Access Journals covering the arts and sciences.
  • Europeana - Providing open access to digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.
  • Google Art Project - Providing online access to thousands of artworks from collections around the world.
  • Google Books - Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide, including numerous free books on Art.
  • Incredible Art - Provides a comprehensive list of links to free 'open source' and public domain clip art, photos, images and other artwork.
  • Library of Congress - Recognized as the national library of the U.S. Its collections comprise the world's most comprehensive record of American history, human creativity, and knowledge.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - Offering 'open access' to an online collection of over 400,000 works of  art.
  • OER Commons Textbooks - Information about open textbooks offered through Open Education Commons (OER).
  • Open Clip Art Library - An archive of clip art that can be used by anyone for free for any use.
  • Open Culture - Providing online access to free movie collections.
  • OpenGameArt - Providing an ever-expanding variety of high quality, freely licensed art, so that free/open source game developers can use it in their games.
  • OpenGLAM - Providing access to free tools, projects, & digitized cultural heritage resources held by Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM).
  • Open Journal Systems - An journal management and publishing system developed as part of the Public Knowledge Project.
  • Open Source Music - Free music download site.
  • Open Training Platform - UNESCO facilitates collaborative access to existing free and 'open'  training courses and materials via its Open Training Platform.
  • O'Reilly Open Books - Publishers of quite a few Open Books--books with various forms of "open" copyright--over the years.
  • Project Gutenburg - Offering over 33,000 free eBooks that can be downloaded.
  • Public Domain Clip Art - Images that are in the public domain, based on the laws of the U.S.
  • Versita Open - One of the world’s leading Open Access platforms, hosting full texts of nearly 200 scholarly journals.
  • WikiMedia Commons - An online repository of freely licensed, sharable educational photos and images available on the internet.

* See Facts & Figures on the Creative Arts industry posted by the National Assembly of State Art Agencies in the U.S. 


By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…”   -  See The Budapest Open Access Initiative

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