Digital Image Databases — An Update

August 3, 2011 at 11:13 am

Back in 2006, I wrote an article for this newsletter on web-based digital image databases and also created a web page that lists many image web sites.  In the ensuing years some of the web sites have disappeared and others have emerged. Here are a few that I have added to the subject guide on images:

  •  MAUD database (Media Assets of Unlimited Design– and, of course, Maud Mellish Wilson was Mayo Clinic’s first librarian, first editor of medical papers and first head of art and illustration.)  This database, restricted to the Mayo intranet,  contains more than 360,000 photographs, including buildings, places events and people.  The database does not include medical illustrations nor medical photographs.  Before you begin using the database, take the online tutorial to learn how to search for photographs.
  • ScienceDirect has implemented a search feature that allows users to search for images that have been published in articles published by Elsevier journals.
  • Flickr is a good source for photographs. Over five billion photos have been uploaded to Flickr.  There are images from NASA, the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.  You can filter your search to only photos that have a creative commons license, which is an alternative to copyright.
  • Yale Digital Commons provides a way to search across Yale’s collections of art, natural history, books, and maps, as well as photos, audio, and video documenting people, places, and events that form part of Yale’s institutional identity and contribution to scholarship. The content searchable in CCD will grow as additional University departments make use of the service to share Yale’s collections with the Yale community and the world.

If you come across any other image web sites that would be of interest, please let me know.

Ann Farrell
Reference Librarian

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