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Sources

Where does the content on Openverse come from?

There is openly licensed content hosted on millions of domains across the breadth of the internet. Our team systematically identifies providers hosting CC-licensed content. If it’s a good fit, we index that content and make it discoverable through Openverse.

Some providers have multiple different groupings of content within them. Flickr has sources ranging from NASA to personal photography. The Smithsonian Institute comprises a dozen diverse collections. Wikimedia Commons runs the gamut in terms of content, and is used by several Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums highlighting some or all of their digitized collections.

Openverse is especially grateful for the work of Europeana, an organization that works to digitize and make discoverable cultural heritage works across Europe. Openverse is able to index hundreds of valuable sources through a single integration with the Europeana API.

How do we decide what sources to add next?

We have a never ending list of possible sources to research prior to integration. We ask ourselves questions like:

  • What is the impact or importance of this source to our users? If it exists within a provider like Wikimedia Commons, is it valuable for our users to be able to filter by this source directly?
  • Is licensing and attribution information clearly displayed to enable confident reuse?
  • How many new total items or new types of items can we bring to our users through this integration? Some sources are direct integrations, while others may be a source within a source.

We appreciate suggestions for new sources from our community of users.

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Image Sources

Source
Domain
Total items
Animal Diversity Web animaldiversity.org 15,554
Biodiversity Heritage Library biodiversitylibrary.org 247,665
Brooklyn Museum brooklynmuseum.org 70,135
Cleveland Museum of Art clevelandart.org 39,507
Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon capl.washjeff.edu 15,143
Digitalt Museum digitaltmuseum.no 289,769
Europeana europeana.eu 10,465,344
Finnish Heritage Agency museovirasto.fi 272,398
Finnish Satakunnan Museum satakunnanmuseo.pori.fi 13,288
Flickr flickr.com 508,736,505
Geograph Britain and Ireland geograph.org.uk 1,090,119
Gulbenkian Art Library gulbenkian.pt 6,104
iNaturalist inaturalist.org 158,267,579
Just take it free justtakeitfree.com 181
Metropolitan Museum of Art metmuseum.org 405,616
Museums Victoria museumsvictoria.com.au 168,495
Nappy nappy.co 2,211
NASA nasa.gov 125,787
National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) open.smk.dk 40,163
National Museum of Finland kansallismuseo.fi 408
New York Public Library nypl.org 1,281
PhyloPic phylopic.org 8,794
Rawpixel rawpixel.com 190,815
Rijksmuseum rijksmuseum.nl 29,999
Science Museum – UK sciencemuseum.org.uk 113,096
Sketchfab sketchfab.com 37,872
Smithsonian Institution Archives siarchives.si.edu 8,313
Smithsonian Institution: Anacostia Community Museum anacostia.si.edu 601
Smithsonian Institution: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum cooperhewitt.org 76,061
Smithsonian Institution: Freer Gallery of Art asia.si.edu 7,113
Smithsonian Institution: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden hirshhorn.si.edu 887
Smithsonian Institution: National Air and Space Museum airandspace.si.edu 6,656
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of African American History and Culture nmaahc.si.edu 11,634
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of African Art africa.si.edu 365
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of American History americanhistory.si.edu 13,723
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of Natural History naturalhistory.si.edu 4,092,024
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian americanindian.si.edu 245
Smithsonian Institution: National Portrait Gallery npg.si.edu 16,743
Smithsonian Institution: National Postal Museum postalmuseum.si.edu 10,282
Smithsonian Institution: National Zoo nationalzoo.si.edu 462
Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian American Art Museum americanart.si.edu 12,583
Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Gardens gardens.si.edu 8,738
Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Libraries library.si.edu 55
SpaceX spacex.com 1,360
StockSnap.io stocksnap.io 38,930
SVG Silh svgsilh.com 358,942
Thingiverse thingiverse.com 32,395
Wellcome Collection wellcomecollection.org 92,478
Wikimedia Commons commons.wikimedia.org 65,652,877
WOCinTech Chat wocintechchat.com 268
World Register of Marine Species marinespecies.org 19,783
WP Photo Directory wordpress.org 15,175

Audio Sources

Source
Domain
Total items
Freesound freesound.org 416,833
Jamendo jamendo.com 599,657
Wikimedia Commons commons.wikimedia.org 2,301,780

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