Yale offers open access to millions of resources
Yale University is planning to become the first Ivy League school to offer anopenaccess commons to millions of digital images from its archives, all free of licensesfor transmission or use.So far the university has digitized 250,000 of 1.5 million records they have pulled,but they expect the number to grow substantially as they continue through theircatalogs. The collections go from art to zoology and include resources that rangefrom a small limestone stela with hieroglyphic inscription from the PeabodyMuseum of Natural History, a Mozart sonata in the composer's own hand from theBeinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and a watercolor by William Blakefrom the collection of prints and drawings in the Yale Center for British Art.
“That Yale has achieved the goal of making its collections available online to
students, scholars, and the general public, in a free and open-access environment,is a splendid achievement that we hope will inspire other colleges and universitiesinternationally to follow suit," said Amy Meyers, director of the Yale Center for
British Art. “The a
bility to publish images directly from our online catalogues