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My Digital Footprint

John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.

Free and Creative Commons Images

Video from Creative Commons New Zealand

Creative Commons Australia
Creative Commons news relating specifically to Australia.

Creative Commons Information Pack
Essential resource.  An information pack for teachers and students on Creative Commons (CC) jointly created by The National Copyright Unit and Creative Commons Australia. The pack explains what CC is, how to find CC material and the best way to attribute CC material.

Flickr - The Commons
The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer. The collection draws on resources available from numerous international libraries and museums and organisations such as NASA and the Australian War Memorial. Free. Institutions who participate agree to a “no known copyright restrictions” on the content they share.

Flickr - Creative Commons
Search for images under a range of CC licenses.  Read a clear and full explanation of the various licenses.

Photos for Class
This site provides safe, age appropriate images for educational use. No login required. All images are Creative Commons with citations provided.  Linked to the Flickr CC site, Photos for Class simplifies the process of your students finding safe images quickly.  While there, also take a look at Storyboard That for digital storytelling.

ScienceImage – CSIRO
Scienceimage is an image library specialising in science and nature images. It is presented by CSIRO, Australia’s major science research organisation.  Take not of licence conditions.

School Clip Art for Teachers and Kids
Free clipart for educational purposes.

Pics4Learning | Free photos for education
A copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection

Compfight image search
An image search engine that searches Flickr for Creative Commons or other images as specified. Free. Excellent for students.

Photo Pin
With PhotoPin, finding photos for your blog and adding them is fast and easy. Select the Creative Commons search option. Search for any topic using the search box, preview the photo, and click "get photo" to download the photo as well as the proper attribution link. Uses the Flickr API but is not part of Flickr.

To quote them 'We're the super sonic, thrifty, all-in-one picture finder, re-sizer and attribution builder for bloggers.' Use your Google account to log in. 

Picsearch – Search the web for images
An image search service with more than 3,000,000,000 pictures. Thumbnail size only but great variety and quality. Free for education and non-commercial use.

WorldImages – California State University IMAGE Project
The internationally recognized WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It has just been selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its historic collection of Internet materials. It contains approximately 80,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery.

Trove – Australian images
The Trove website is focused on Australia and Australian – historical data. If you are researching in the fields of the social sciences, literature, local or family history, or need inspiration for your school assignment, then this is the tool for you. It includes genuine Australian photos, recordings, newspapers, historical records.

morgueFile: free photos for creatives by creatives
Images are free. You may:Remix — to adapt the work.Commercial — to use this work for commercial purposes.Without Attribution — to use without attributing the original author.Under the following conditions:Stand alone basis — You can not sell, license, sublicense, rent, transfer or distribute this image exactly as it is without alteration.Ownership — You may not claim ownership of this image in its original state.Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the contributor.

Image * After
Excellent collection of images, many unusual, suitable for wallpapers and backgrounds. You CAN modify our images and textures in any way you see fit.  Use our images and textures in your own work, whether it be for personal or commercial use.  Redistribute or sell our images and textures ALTERED OR UNALTERED as part of printed work (e.g. posters, cd-covers, postcards etc) – Free Pictures
These images are free for use in a number of different ways – online use, education etc. Important to read the ‘rules for use’.

Dreamstime – Download Free Stock Images and Photos
Many free images in addition of commercial. Suitable for school.

Old Book Illustrations: pictures scanned from old books
This site is dedicated to providing you with a wide range of illustrations scanned from old books. Most of these vintage pictures are originally wood engravings or woodcuts, fewer are etchings or metal engravings; visitors looking for nineteenth century or victorian clipart might just find it here. You are welcome to use our pictures in your school or educational projects, as well as in your artwork or in your scrapbook; you can also use them to make CD sleeves, banners or any part of a website. According to the copyright laws in many countries, all illustrations in our galleries belong to the public domain and as such, they are free to use for personal or commercial purpose.

Pictures from Old Books
Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books\nOver 2,880 high-resolution free images scanned from more than 160 different old or rare books, with extracts, by Liam Quin.

Science Photo Library - Dennis Kunkel
This site is an excellent scource of scientific images from electron microscope view through to diagrams and video clips. Images are accompanied by captions that provide detailed information. While some Royalty Free images are available, a login to the site and payment is required.  Excellent quality resource for scientific study.

Animation Factory
Includes free animated gifs, ppt templates etc. Great source of design ideas.

Google Images
Do a simple search then use the cog on the right hand side of the page to access Advanced Search, Usage Rights (towards the bottom).  Limit to 'free to use and share' for Creative Commons resources.  Students will find the results disappointing after an open image search, however, everything on the web is not simply free for the taking.  Using this option will help students learn about image ownership and avoid the disappointment of having their work rejected by YouTube etc for copyright violation.

Firefox browser
One of the first browsers with the option to search for Creative Commons images only.

Free Images
Images on this site are 'free' but user must create a login, so they user data is being obviously being collected.  Your choice!