Here's the email I got about the Smithsonian:
... nearly 2.8 million of the Smithsonian's collection items are now available for public use?
February 25, 2020 marked the launch of Open Access—an initiative to make more of the Smithsonian's collections available for use by the public. Open Access items include text, still images, sound recordings, research datasets, 3D models, collections data, and more.
Open Access is an important new way for the Smithsonian to achieve its mission of creating and sharing knowledge for 21st century audiences. The initiative makes the Smithsonian's resources available to anyone, anywhere and empowers people to explore and create in exciting ways through unprecedented access and use of nearly 2.8 million 2D and 3D digital items—with many more to come.
Open Access items carry a CC0 designation, meaning they are in the public domain and free of copyright restrictions. You can use anything with a CC0 designation for any purpose, free of charge, without further permission from the Smithsonian.
The Smithsonian invites you to download, share, and reuse our open access assets for art and creative projects, education, scholarly research, digital media projects, publications, merchandising, and more—all without charge or restrictions from the Smithsonian.
Why does it matter?
Open Access brings the Smithsonian's mission to create and share knowledge to life for everyone, everywhere. By making millions of collection objects and data accessible online, Smithsonian experts hope to empower people of all ages to learn, explore, and adapt existing knowledge to understand and tackle challenges facing the world today.
How can I learn more?
Explore the Smithsonian Open Access website. All of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo contributed images or data to the launch. The program includes content across the arts, sciences, history, culture, technology and design, from portraits of historic American figures to 3D scans of dinosaur skeletons.
How can I help?
You can make groundbreaking work like this possible! Support the Smithsonian's mission to discover and share knowledge by making a tax-deductible gift or becoming a member today. Every gift provides critical unrestricted support that powers every Smithsonian museum, research institution and cultural center.
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