The Cleveland Museum of Art announced on January 23, 2019, that it is an Open Access institution, using the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation for high-resolution images and data as related to its collection. At the Cleveland Museum of Art, Open Access means the public now has the ability to share, collaborate, remix, and reuse images of many as 30,000 public-domain artworks from the CMA’s world-renowned collection of art for commercial and non-commercial purposes. In addition, portions of collections information (metadata) for more than 61,000 artworks, both in the public domain and those works with copyright or other restrictions, works are now available.
The Open Access partners of the Cleveland Museum of Art at the event showed some intitial uses for the all the Open Access artwork, but the potential for the future goes beyond what was presented on this first day. As the Creative Commons Chief Executive Officer Ryan Merkley (@RyanMerkley - @CreativeCommons) said, "...this is a big deal."
Thank You, Jane Alexander
On November 29, 2018, I was fortunate to talk to Cleveland Museum of Art Chief Digital Information Officer Jane Alexander (@JaneCAlexander) at the preview event for the opening of the museum's fall exhibtions, where she told me about the museum's Open Access announcement event. (See my blog post: Cleveland Museum of Art's Two Major Fall 2018 Exhibitions: Georgia O’Keeffe and Catherine de’ Medici’s Valois Tapestries) She knew of my interest in technology and art, so she told me how the museum is now using bitcoin for ticket purchases, and that the Cleveland Museum of Art would be making an important announcement in January about artwork access -- but details were not public yet. I told her that I appreciated that she invited me to the Open Access announcement event, and that I would make a point of attending.
I have also been fortunate to attend many events where the Cleveland Museum of Art has used technology to present their artworks in new and unique ways. Their ArtLens Gallery and ArtLens App exemplify the marriage of art and technology. (Read my many ArtLens blog posts here.) Thank you to the Cleveland Museum of Art staff, who have welcomed me to attend these very interesting events!
The Big Day!
I had in my calendar for January 23, 2019, the Cleveland Museum of Art "exclusive event," but did not really know what to expect. It was not until I saw Michael Baron's (@baronadv1) tweet that morning about the Cleveland Museum of Art offering unlimited online access to images, that I began to realize how unique the Open Access announcement would be.
The Cleveland Museum of Art today is joining a handful of leading American art museums offering unlimited online access to images and information about works of art in its permanent collection@steven_litt @ThePlainDealer https://t.co/NhVaVtipNd— Michael Baron (@baronadv1) January 23, 2019
The museum announced it is waiving digital rights to roughly 30,000 of the 61,328 objects in its permanent collection considered to be in the public domain. The designation applies generally to works by artists who have been dead for at least 120 years.— Michael Baron (@baronadv1) January 23, 2019
Michael Baron's tweet linked to the article Cleveland Museum of Art launches next-generation open access to artworks and data online that Steven Litt (@Steven_Litt) published at 5:00 AM that morning, which provided details about the announcement, including this very exciting information:
The museum announced it is waiving digital rights to roughly 30,000 of the 61,328 objects in its permanent collection considered to be in the public domain. The designation applies generally to works by artists who have been dead for at least 120 years.
The museum hopes to engage a vast new online audience around the world. It will disseminate images of artworks for use by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose, even if it doesn’t get credit.
The new initiative “will expose millions of virtual visitors to a collection to which they would have previously had limited access,” William Griswold, the museum’s director, said in an interview. “They can borrow from it and do whatever they like with those images, and for me, that’s hugely exciting.’’
He said the museum’s “Open Access” program is a way to bring its mission of creating “transformative experiences through art, ‘for the benefit of all the people forever’ ” into the 21st century. The mission statement quotes the words used by benefactor Jeptha Wade II in 1892 to deed land to the museum.
To show the potential of its Open Access program, the museum engaged with partners including Microsoft, the website Artsy, Wikimedia, Case Western Reserve University and American Greetings.
As I drove to the museum, I became increasingly excited by the opportunity to be one of the first people to not only hear the details about the Open Access artwork, but also to talk to the Cleveland Museum of Art Open Access partners at the demonstration tables.
Attending this event was like a reunion for me, since I saw several people I knew that who are interested in the Cleveland Museum of Art, but who I don't see in person very often.
At the event, attendees were welcomed and given background information about Open Access by the Cleveland Museum of Art Director and President William M. Griswold. Creative Commons Chief Executive Officer Ryan Merkley talked about the leadership shown by the Cleveland Museum of Art staff and board in opening the museum's "works as free and unrestricted for all, everywhere in the world." Cleveland Museum of Art Chief Digital Information Officer Jane Alexander and her staff were commended for their accomplishment, and she introduced the Open Access Launch Partners.
Here are my @sos_jr tweets and retweets with what I and others shared during the event:
Great to be at the @ClevelandArt this morning for the big announcement.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 23, 2019
Great to run into several people I have not talked to in person in a while. Thanks @janecalexander for recommending I attend. pic.twitter.com/p2GPj8oTM1
"Starting today, images of artworks in the CMA’s collection will be available to all, using Creative Commons Zero. Metadata relevant to every work in the collection will also be universally available."-William Griswold, Director of the CMA #CMAOpenAccess pic.twitter.com/VT2NUnBZ0d— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) January 23, 2019
"This is a logical and exciting outgrowth of the CMA’s inclusive mission “to create transformative experiences through art, for the benefit of all the people forever.”-William Griswold, Director of the CMA #CMAOpenAccess— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) January 23, 2019
"Whenever, wherever, & however the public wishes to use, reuse, remix, or reinvent the objects that we hold, our collection is available; we are but caretakers of these objects, that belong to the artistic legacy of all people."-William Griswold, Director of CMA #CMAOpenAccess pic.twitter.com/2X8rzOWTO2— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) January 23, 2019
"Admission to the Cleveland Museum of Art has long been free of charge. Now, thanks to Open Access and Creative Commons Zero, access to our collection is freer than it ever has been."-William Griswold, Director of the CMA #CMAOpenAccess— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) January 23, 2019
Cleveland Museum of Art launches next-generation open access to artworks and data online https://t.co/Kbre4Ls65o— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) January 23, 2019
“There is almost nothing that we could do that would have a greater impact.” @ClevelandArt launches Open Access, making access to art seen at the museum available to ALL, digitally. pic.twitter.com/ze8M9iwMd2— University Circle (@inthecircle) January 23, 2019
I’m here too. An even more Free collection for all forever!— ToniChanakas (@tonichanakas) January 23, 2019
Welcome to Cleveland @ryanmerkley @creativecommons for exciting announcement re partnership with @ClevelandArt to extend reach of their amazing collection @cwru @caseweatherhead @CWRUthinkbox pic.twitter.com/dBZBqgswZu— Michael Goldberg (@MGCleve) January 23, 2019
Hear from @ClevelandArt Director and @creativecommons CEO how @janecalexander team made #CMAOpenAccess possible.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 23, 2019
Congratulations @janecalexander for this successful project. pic.twitter.com/nB83pve6GD
Big news! The Cleveland Museum of Art has gone #OpenAccess releasing more than 30,000 images as #CC0. Congratulations @janecalexander and @ClevelandArt team (and @nealstimler saw you in the crowd on the live stream)!— Andrea Wallace (@AndeeWallace) January 23, 2019
Congrats @janecalexander @ClevelandArt on launch of open access collection. Thanks for including our @caseweatherhead @cwru MBA students who are looking forward to working with you and your team in our Ames Business Model course this semester. pic.twitter.com/oedANnhf8L— Michael Goldberg (@MGCleve) January 23, 2019
“Today, the CMA launches its newly redesigned Collection Online, which includes up to 35 fields of metadata, creating more possibilities for relationships, interpretations, and translations related to artworks in the collection.” - Jane Alexander, CMA’s CDIO pic.twitter.com/tn4DKgxB1y— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) January 23, 2019
#CMAOpenAccess headlines— Douglas McCarthy (@CultureDoug) January 23, 2019
- 30,000+ CC0 images released
- High-resolution JPEG *and* TIF files
- Extensive collections metadata included
- Public API and Github repository
Read my in-depth interview with CMA's Jane Alexander:https://t.co/At3IPm6H4h #openGLAM #openaccess pic.twitter.com/yvZ58zjShM
Bringing CMA’s mission “For the Benefit of All the People, Forever” into the digital age, you can now share, remix and reuse images of as many as 30,000 public domain artworks from the CMA’s world renowned collection for commercial and non-commercial purposes. #CMAOpenAccess pic.twitter.com/FJ5vSqLEtI— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) January 23, 2019
"This is a logical & exciting outgrowth of CMA’s mission “to create transformative experiences through art, for the benefit of all the people forever.”-William Griswold, Director of the CMA #CMAOpenAccess https://t.co/lLlzSiIEqD— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) January 23, 2019
Well it's not like they have anything good there WAIT WUT THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART?— Mark W. Schumann (@MarkWSchumann) January 23, 2019
El @ClevelandArt anuncia hoy que publica buena parte de su colección (más de 30.000 objetos digitalizados) con licencias abiertas. Estoy muy contento del trabajo que hicimos con @creativecommons para apoyarlos #OpenGLAM https://t.co/wnMNBp2NbS— Claudio Ruiz (@claudio) January 23, 2019
This is one of my favorite art museums in the world. Such a beautifully curated collection. Going to check right now to see if their Cycladic figurines are in this open access collection!— Meredith Johnson (@Merlistens) January 23, 2019
What an awesome, inspiring collaboration between tech, data and art. Congrats to all those involved in the #CMAOpenAccess initiative! @ClevelandArt's commitment to free, public access to the arts is what makes it such a world-class institution. https://t.co/RArqrX08Wc— Taylor Radey (@TaylorRadey) January 23, 2019
What a generous and inspiring announcement! @ClevelandArt 's “Open Access” program is a way to bring its mission of creating “transformative experiences through art, ‘for the benefit of all the people forever’ ” into the 21st century. https://t.co/4sJ7XZK1U9— OCA (@OHCitizens4Arts) January 23, 2019
You can get the URLs for the full TIF file through the API, https://t.co/QuHHkklk3j— Ethan Gruber (@ewg118) January 23, 2019
It was great to get a chance to talk to Kevin Goodman (@KevinGoodmanBBN) who is the Managing Director and a Partner of BlueBridge Networks (@BlueBridgeLLC). BlueBridge Networks "supports the server, storage, and connectivity infrastructure for Open Access." Kevin and his wife Tracy are sponsors of the Cleveland Museum of Art's Open Access, along with BlueBridge Networks. (You can see my blog posts about BlueBridge Networks here.)
The best part of the event, and the most important, was to see what the Open Access Launch Partners are creating as the first developers to use Open Access. These early developers are leading the way in using the museum's artwork creatively through this new initiative.
Here is information about the Open Access Launch Partners I met at the event, along with my photos from the event (click on the photos in the tweets to enlarge the photos):
Good to see you today!— Pandata (@ohpandata) January 23, 2019
@CAlDhubaib, @NPonstingle & @HArnson, it was good to learn from you at the #CMAOpenAccess event about @ohpandata interactive visualization project in partnership with @ClevelandArt!https://t.co/TSuqGk8aq3https://t.co/iHZ2ZZhuqr— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 30, 2019
Great project video: https://t.co/hYLanmAkxr
I enjoyed learning about the current work of Pandata team members Chief Data Scientist & Partner Cal Al-Dhubaib (@CAlDhubaib) and Chief Operating Officer & Partner Nicole Ponstingle (@NPonstingle), and meeting Data Scientist Hannah Arnson (@HArnson). I knew Nicole Ponstingle from her past work as the director of marketing at BlueBridge Networks. I met Cal Al-Dhubaib and learned about his founding of Triple Analytics when he made a presentation at two events I attended in 2015. (See my blog posts: LaunchHouse Accelerator Expo (LHXPO) 2015 and @Flashstarts Demo Day 2015 - #FSDDay.)
Thank you, Cal Al-Dhubaib, for explaining Pandata's (@ohPandata) new interactive visualization work with the Cleveland Museum of Art, and to Hannah Arnson for showing me how use the interface in their demonstration.
Here is a description of the Pandata project, and their video, Cleveland Museum of Art Open Access Project - Deconstructing How We Think About Art, that does an excellent job of explaining the project:
We built an interactive visualization that explores the way we write about art. Given a description of over 10,000 pieces, we used an algorithm to arrange each such that pieces that have the most in common are closer. The colors represent the various cultures. Interacting with the points reveals a thumbnail of the piece, which can be clicked to learn more. This visual is a novel way to learn about art and will inspire visitors to engage with the collection in a meaningful way.
At @ClevelandArt, I check out @OnBase’s Hyland Labs booth for augmented reality tool to explore @ClevelandArt artworks! @OnBase is another great #CMAOpenAccess partner with @ClevelandArt. pic.twitter.com/g55YERMfkU— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 23, 2019
I tried the Hyland Lab viewer on January 30, 2019:
After receiving a #GoogleCardboard Viewer from @OnBase’s @Hyland Labs booth at the @ClevelandArt Open Access Launch event, I am checking out the URL printed on the viewer at: https://t.co/sonqnIiThf— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 30, 2019
The web page is for a 360-degree tour of Hyland’s Customer Experience Lounge. pic.twitter.com/9Y8iMWzzds
Secondly, I want to thank @OnBase for sending me a Twitter direct message while I was writting this blog post, confirming that while the Cardboard Viewer is a fun Virtual reality (VR) tool that they shared at the event, the partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art goes beyond VR to full Augmented reality (AR).
Definitions from Wikipedia:
Augmented reality (AR) (Not to be confused with Virtual reality) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real-world are "augmented" by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory, and olfactory.
Virtual reality (VR) is an interactive computer-generated experience taking place within a simulated environment.
Attendees were able to try out HoloLens Hyland during the Open Access announcement event, but the real excitement will be coming as Hyland continues to develop more in partnership with the museum. Watch their website for updates, and also see the Cleveland Museum of Art's Hyland web page about their partnership:
HoloLens Hyland will consume the CMA API to allow people from all over the globe to view and interact with art in an augmented space. This will be accomplished by building an augmented reality application that can be deployed to a Microsoft HoloLens which will allow users to place holographic representations of artwork in the physical space around them. Hyland will also be displaying the associated information in an interactive manner, which will allow users to learn more about the artwork, the creator of the piece, and more.
@artsy is here at @ClevelandArt as one of the #CMAOpenAccess partners.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 23, 2019
Wow!! Download the @artsy app to hang works from the #Cleveland #Museum of #Art on your own wall using #augmentedReality!!
See details on website: https://t.co/C6dxcLcWlM pic.twitter.com/FYfa4f6R8D
I tried out the Artsy: Buy & Sell Original Art app on January 30, 2019:
"Portrait of Tieleman Roosterman" by Frans Hals on @Artsy’s app.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 31, 2019
At #CMAOpenAccess Launch, I learned about how the “@Artsy: Buy & Sell Original Art” app includes @ClevelandArt’s #artwork: https://t.co/oo4DbJlEep
Get the app here: https://t.co/JCW4ruP2w3 https://t.co/1AS2K9mIW4
Artsy’s mission is to expand the art market to support more artists and art in the world.
We are a platform for collecting and discovering art.
"The art world in your pocket Introducing Artsy for iPhone" - I met Artsy Senior Manager of Institutional Partnerships Erica Lohe Lyon. She used her iPhone to show me how you can use it to see how a piece of art would look on your own wall. It's a great way to visuallize how artwork would look in your office or home. See first photo in the above tweet, and note how the iPhone shows the art piece as if it was on the wall.
I tried out the free Artsy: Buy & Sell Original Art app (@Artsy) (see second tweet above). I was able to save in the app's favorites some paintings from the Cleveland Museum of Art, but I could not get the app to work with my iPhone version to demonstrate how the art would look on my wall at home.
- How Will That Priceless Picasso Look On Your Wall? Now You Don’t Have To Guess
A new app from art marketplace Artsy lets you mount paintings virtually before you buy them.
04.03.18 BY DANIEL TERDIMAN
Great that @amgreetings is using #art from @ClevelandArt to be creative!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 23, 2019
A great #CMAOpenAccess partner with @ClevelandArt!
More exciting things will be happening so follow @amgreetings to learn more. pic.twitter.com/3akrknWi9C
An American Greetings Creative Team will promote a collage workshop, reimagining images from the CMA collection as part of an all associates event in February, designed to inspire and cultivate creative community in the building, and within Cleveland. Also, AG’s Funny Team, will explore the possibilities of developing new, fun creative content with images from the collection.
Learn how @CWRU students will be using @ClevelandArt #art collection to explore art in a new way.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 23, 2019
Interesting work done at the @CWRUartsci school at the university.
April 6th will have a Collage Creative Contest for students.
Great #CMAOpenAccess partner with @ClevelandArt. pic.twitter.com/Ve4LEJrjge
At #CMAOpenAccess Launch, I learned @CWRU students in many departments will use @ClevelandArt's 30,000 public-domain #artwork under @CreativeCommons Zero (#CC0).— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 31, 2019
Kickoff event is a "Day of CMA Collage Creation Contest" at @KelvinSmithLib.
See details: https://t.co/4TLl6tDxpQ pic.twitter.com/ykf583Aq9d
I learned that the Case Western Reserve University Department of Art History and Art (@CWRU - @CWRUartsci) will be using the Cleveland Museum of Art's shared artwork in their art history classes. This newly available way to use the artwork will kick off for the students on April 6, 2019, with a Day of CMA Collage Creation Contest.
CMA object images and data will be available to scholars at over 2,000 institutions through the Artstor Digital Library which includes millions of high-quality images for education and research across disciplines from a wide variety of contributors around the world.
It looks like it is still being set up, so in the future, take a look at the Artstor "VIEW IN THE DIGITAL LIBRARY The Cleveland Museum of Art" link.
Here is a list of direct links to all of the current Open Access Launch Partners. I also added their Twitter names that you can follow for more information:
If you missed the Open Access announcement, or wanted to watch the announcement again, you are in luck, since the Cleveland Museum of Art provided the video on their CMA Livestream web page. I have embedded the video here:
Creative Commons Chief Executive Officer Ryan Merkley's remarks from the Open Access announcement event can be found in the Creative Commons (@CreativeCommons) article: “Transformative experiences through art, for the benefit of all the people forever.”
Some of the informational links you will find on the Open Access web page include:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Open Access at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Press Release: The Cleveland Museum of Art Advances Open Access Movement
Blog Post: Introducing Open Access at the CMA: For the Benefit of All the People Forever
By William Griswold, Director and President, The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art, as an Open Access institution, is using the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation to share 30,000 public-domain artworks in its collection. Collections information (metadata) for more than 61,000 artworks, both in the public domain and those works with copyright or other restrictions, is now also available.
See the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication web page for more information about this designation, where the museum waives all rights to the work worldwide under copyright law.
Tweets & Retweets After Open Access Announcement Event
Here are my @sos_jr tweets and retweets that were shared after the event. I highly recommend taking a look at what was shared, and retweeting anything that you are interested in, so others can learn about Open Access at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
I had an incredible morning at @ClevelandArt!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 23, 2019
I talked to so many interesting people who already have BIG plans to use #CMAOpenAccess in many ways!
Learn more on the @ClevelandArt website at: https://t.co/qnOEGof2Ew
Congratulations William Griswold and @janecalexander!! pic.twitter.com/1u4NFSo1sv
Honor 2 help @ClevelandArt facilitate #digital access of its renowned #artcollection 2 the world. @BlueBridgeLLC participation as the #CloudComputing and #ManagedServices provider of this initiative helps the #museum 2 meet its mission #CMAOpenAccess https://t.co/B26DLJkYoo pic.twitter.com/64ENvSTjcJ— BlueBridge Networks (@BlueBridgeLLC) January 23, 2019
BPOC is thrilled to be a partner in the @ClevelandArt Open Access project. @nealstimler, BPOC Senior Advisor consulted on this exciting project that extends the reach and access to CMA's extensive collection online. #CMAOpenAccess https://t.co/PB60ytBDXp pic.twitter.com/DWjuVZMezC— Balboa Park Online Collaborative (@BPOC_SD) January 23, 2019
OMG! LOOK AT THESE DETAILS THAT I COULDN'T SEE BEFORE because the images were too lo-res!!!!! Look at that adorable I-don't-know-what and that sweet owl! Let me also add that for someone with a severe visual impairment like myself, images of such high quality are critical! pic.twitter.com/bzMVPlSgJ3— Lisa Fagin Davis (@lisafdavis) January 23, 2019
Can’t wait to hear how you will use #CMAopenaccess— Jane Alexander (@janecalexander) January 23, 2019
Congrats @ClevelandArt on the launch of #CMAOpenAccess! Delighted to have provided consultancy services with @BPOC_SD to bring this wonderful art collection to the public with #openaccess https://t.co/7TX3EnFt3N. Thank you @janecalexander and team! Thank you @creativecommons! pic.twitter.com/swXBVwMaoz— Neal Stimler (@nealstimler) January 23, 2019
Thank you @ClevelandArt #CMAOpenAccess partners https://t.co/ob6M2MkGlb! @Microsoft @artsy @Wikimedia @internetarchive @amgreetings @cwru @Europeanaeu @Hyland @Artstor @ohpandata @MCPcinc @BlueBridgeLLC! Partners are key to #openaccess!— Neal Stimler (@nealstimler) January 23, 2019
I sat down with @janecalexander to learn how @ClevelandArt's #CMAOpenAccess initiative was developed, what its key goals are, and how #openaccess data with CC0 empowers the mission of the 21st-century museum. Read our in-depth interview here: https://t.co/At3IPm6H4h #openGLAM pic.twitter.com/ezhSXugFlF— Douglas McCarthy (@CultureDoug) January 24, 2019
@baronadv1, your tweet with @steven_litt's article: @ClevelandArt's "launches next-generation open access to artworks and data online" was the first tweet I saw the day of the announcement with information about #CMAOpenAccess.https://t.co/39h1VppVIg— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 24, 2019
Thanks for sharing it!
Museums nationwide are overcoming obstacles of copyright and digital skilling because they deem #openaccess a priority. @ClevelandArt ‘s august collection is the latest to join this online public sphere https://t.co/QljKwvUwOd— Jon Ippolito (@jonippolito) January 23, 2019
Nice to see our @ClevelandArt & @Europeanaeu interview in @WIRED today:— Douglas McCarthy (@CultureDoug) January 24, 2019
'Meanwhile, in Cleveland: Open Access with Creative Commons Zero'https://t.co/KAsUcmY5fi#CMAOpenAccess #openaccess #openGLAM pic.twitter.com/JDHJscPwA0
The Cleveland Museum of Art is now offering unrestricted access to nearly half of its collection. As an added bonus, metadata for more than 61,000 works is also available without restriction. @ClevelandArt https://t.co/PgPqgCClKD— hyperallergic (@hyperallergic) January 24, 2019
Art ~ meant to be enjoyed by all the people. Bravo CMA!— Kate Anderson Foley, PhD (@kafphd) January 23, 2019
Wise words from @janecalexander on the operational benefits of @ClevelandArt's #CMAOpenAccess initiative & #openaccess data to empower the mission of the museum.— Simon Tanner (@SimonTanner) January 24, 2019
Read the interview here: (link: https://t.co/gkw7xiVROm)#openGLAM pic.twitter.com/3crtxGlMmb
My @CrainsCleveland blog: Technology and open access meet @ClevelandArt, a @ClevelandClinic expert has tips for better sleep, and @PublishersWkly raves about Shaker Hts. psychologist @LDamour's new book on the epidemic of stress and anxiety in girls.https://t.co/YpA2wZ4W8p— Scott Suttell (@ssuttell) January 23, 2019
Thrilled to participate in @ClevelandArt's #CMAOpenAccess launch alongside @HylandSoftware, American Greetings, @cwru, @MCPcinc, @BlueBridgeLLC & others. We celebrate CMA’s commitment to releasing 30k+ images & metadata of artworks to the public, for free. https://t.co/DRjnPH7jyc— Pandata (@ohpandata) January 24, 2019
In keeping with their mission, “For the benefit of all the people forever”, CMA is placing 34,000+ works in high-resolution digital format under CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) license. https://t.co/91M13HG9gQ— Eric Meyer (@meyerweb) January 24, 2019
Awesome to see @ClevelandArt partner with @Microsoft @HoloLens @cwru @amgreetings @HylandSoftware and more on unprecedented online open access to thousands of artworks and large amounts of data. Great digital innovation from #CLE! https://t.co/pY3hUSsW5D via @bmsjr @steven_litt— Julie Rehm, PhD (@JulieRehmPhD) January 25, 2019
Thrilled @ryanmerkley @creativecommons used images from @ClevelandArt's #CMAOpenAccess initiatives for his lighting talk @internetarchive #PublicDomainDay! Explore https://t.co/wAhVJmQG52. HT @janecalexander pic.twitter.com/T1OptkwMwg— Neal Stimler (@nealstimler) January 25, 2019
Great to see acknowledgement of @ClevelandArt #CMAOpenAccess in @hyperallergic's review of @creativecommons @internetarchive #PublicDomainDay! Nice account of @ryanmerkley's remarks and more. HT @janecalexander https://t.co/QGiDTAUwUp— Neal Stimler (@nealstimler) January 28, 2019
The Cleveland Museum of Art has just open-sourced thousands of digital images, plus metadata, from their collection for free, non-commercial use and I love everything about it: https://t.co/LmFgHzjY0u— Jen Myers (@antiheroine) January 29, 2019
Developers, there's also an API: https://t.co/V8rwN6PYHC— Jen Myers (@antiheroine) January 29, 2019
"For the Benefit of All the People Forever" is a lovely motto from which to operate.— Jen Myers (@antiheroine) January 29, 2019
A week ago today, January 23rd, 2019, @ClevelandArt launched #CMAOpenAccess https://t.co/GL4WcFZf3e. Video https://t.co/WpSgklJOJX. Explore this amazing #art collection, images, data and partnerships. #openaccess— Neal Stimler (@nealstimler) January 30, 2019
My @CrainsCleveland blog has items on schools (including Oberlin College) extending application deadlines, a research firm questioning Smucker's ability to sell online, a good Q&A with @ClevelandArt's @janecalexander on the Open Access effort, and more.https://t.co/jATofKyHVn— Scott Suttell (@ssuttell) January 29, 2019
The Cleveland Museum of Art made 30,000 works from its collection free to download and remix. https://t.co/xEgkBgEd2b— Brian Hart (@hartless) January 30, 2019
I'm listening to #Cleveland #Museum of #Art Chief Digital Info Officer @JaneCAlexander & @ClevelandArt Pres Griswold on @SoundOfApplause.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) February 1, 2019
Exciting #CMAOpenAccess project @CWRU students are working on with @AmGreetings!
Thanks @CaseAlumniAssoc for sharing @WiseJournalist story! https://t.co/J6bbXGtW8P
Last week @ClevelandArt announced the release of more than 34k digital images of #publicdomain works — all high res and free from restrictions on reuse (using the #CC0 designation from @creativecommons). Here's our highlights: https://t.co/ha3NuyQ3MN #CMAOpenAccess pic.twitter.com/cgjkbY0jul— Public Domain Review (@PublicDomainRev) January 31, 2019
I created this #3D rendition of a Japanese byōbu from a single #openaccess— Thomas Flynn (@nebulousflynn) February 5, 2019
image from @ClevelandArt's recent #publicdomain release. A roughness map helps illustrate the materiality of the gilded paper ✨
Take it for a spin: https://t.co/5Q33Ywwncc #CMAOpenAccess pic.twitter.com/O3xRXlv6sz
No tutorial per se.— Thomas Flynn (@nebulousflynn) February 5, 2019
1. Photoshop to crop image + create black and white roughness map
2. Import 'Image as Plane' in Blender
3. Add edges along the screen boundaries with the Knife tool
4. Rotate panels to taste
5. Use 'Solidify' modifier to make double sided.
~ 20mins pic.twitter.com/vVkDBX1r4w
You can now share, remix and reuse images of as many as 30,000 public domain artworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s world renowned collection for commercial and non-commercial purposes https://t.co/dHbmYJFloj— CDPUG (@CDPUG) February 6, 2019
What Others Say
Here are other articles and blog posts about the new Open Access opportunities that are now available. This is such a big announcement that a lot is being written -- what I list here is only a portion of it. I recommend that you follow the #CMAOpenAccess hastag and follow the museum on Twitter as @ClevelandArt to learn more as new developments occur.
Cleveland Museum of Art launches next-generation open access to artworks and data online
By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer | Posted January 23, 2019 at 05:00 AM | Updated January 24, 2019 at 04:40 PM
Introducing Open Access at the CMA: For the Benefit of All the People Forever
Cleveland Museum of Art Blog Post, January 23, 2019, By William Griswold, Director and President, The Cleveland Museum of Art
CC0 at the Cleveland Museum of Art: 30,000 high quality digital images now available
Creative Commons, Jennie Rose Halperin, January 23, 2019
The Cleveland Museum of Art Digitized 30,000 Artworks in the Public Domain
The museum is now offering unrestricted access to nearly half of its collection. As an added bonus, metadata for more than 61,000 works is also available without restriction.
Hyperallergic Media Inc., Zachary Small, January 23, 2019
Tech-forward Cleveland Museum of Art embraces broad digital availability of its collection
EDITOR'S CHOICE January 23, 2019 12:24 PM SCOTT SUTTELL Managing Editor
Open access arrives at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Europeana, Posted on Wednesday January 23, 2019, Douglas McCarthy, Collections Manager, Art & Photography , Europeana Foundation
Meanwhile, in Cleveland: Open Access with Creative Commons Zero
Wired Magizine, 01.24.19, 5:09 AM.
We applaud the Cleveland Museum of Art’s new open-access policy—and here’s what remains to be done.
Wikimedia Foundation, By Alex Stinson, 24 January 2019
What's Possible With Open Access to Cleveland Museum of Art Collection?
IDEASTREAM, Carrie Wise January 24, 2019
The Cleveland Museum of Art made 30,000 works from its collection free to download and remix.
Artsy, January 28, 2019
Highlights from The Cleveland Museum of Art’s release of more than 30k images of public domain works
Public Domain Review (@PublicDomainRev) https://twitter.com/PublicDomainRev/status/1091068107903377410
YOU CAN NOW ACCESS AND DOWNLOAD 30,000 IMAGES FROM THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART’S COLLECTION
Diyphotography, January 29, 2019 by Dunja Djudjic
The Cleveland Museum of Art is a world leader in using technology to complement the public's interactions with its artwork. Here are my ArtLens blog posts that tell how the museum uses technology using their ArtLens app and ArtLens Gallery:
Blog Date: August 13, 2017 - Resources & Solutions: BlueBridge Networks Third Nonprofit IT Innovation Summit
Blog Date: July 10, 2017 - Crash Party: Being Among the First to Experience the New CMA ArtLens Gallery
Blog Date: May 8, 2017 - Alex Katz Media and Influencer Exhibition Preview Night
Includes photos of the new ArtLens Gallery under construction, and information about using the museum's website search feature and ArtLens App.
Blog Date: December 26, 2016 - TechPint Winter 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland
See the "TechPint Speaker #1: Jane Alexander, CIO of Cleveland Museum of Art" section about her ArtLens talk, and videos about ArtLens.
Blog Date: November 9, 2016 - CircleTrek Walking Tour of Cleveland's University Circle
Blog Date: January 30, 2013 - Photos of Gallery One Opening!
Blog Date: January 18, 2013 - CMA's New Interactive Gallery Opens, plus GCPCUG & CLE Drupal
Blog Date: December 27, 2012 - @ClevelandArt #GalleryOne Crash Party
Tech testers attended a sneak preview at the Cleveland Museum Art. Cleveland now has the most advanced digital gallery display in the USA.
There are many more blog posts that I have written about the Cleveland Museum of Art (read them here), and the other museums in University Circle (read them here).
Fun Time! Looking Forward to the Future!
I had a great time experimenting with some of the technology and art presentations that I learned about at the Open Access announcement, and look forward to learning more!