Europeana enables access to over 50 millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records, from 3,700 libraries  and museums throughout Europe.  Now with a beautiful redesigned interface and excellent search tools, including licence and copyright information. 
Note! not all Europeana content is openly licenced, please check individual items.  

Folger Shakespeare Image Collection this collection of images and artefact provided by the Folger Shakespeare Library includes costumes, illustration printed pages and books. Unless noted  with specific restrictions Folger’s  default licenses is CC BY-SA 4.0

Internet Archive an American platform and digital library with the stated mission of "universal access to all knowledge." It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and millions of books. In addition to its archiving function, the Archive is an activist organization, advocating a free and open Internet. 

Flickr the image hosting and sharing site currently has one 1,626,038,300 (one billion six hundred twenty-six million thirty-eight thousand three hundred), images available for reuse under the various Creative Commons and Public Domain licences. It includes contributed by museums, galleries under the Flickr Commons initiative and many Scientific and official bodies.

Getty Trust Open Content Program Over 87,000 images from the Getty Museums, and Getty Research Institute, (Note! don’t confuse with Getty Images, the commercial stock photography archive which is one of the most widely used source for news and public media images.

Public Domain Review The Public Domain Review is dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas – focusing on works now in the public domain. It covers a wide range of images, books, and films and covers the history of art, literature, and ideas  It also posts a regularly updated newsletter.

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. It includes books, texts videos, images educational resources, online courses, e-books.

Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia, entirely edit by its users. It is the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, and is named as one of the most popular websites in the world. It is owned and supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization which operates on funds it receives from its annual fund drives and charitable donations.

Organisations promoting open content

This page covers organisations that have an interest in open content, media, digital assets and open knowledge. It shares information and links to research, resources and news in this area. It also includes links to some of the major portals of open media.

Art for All a new organisation supporting UK cultural heritage institutions to open digital collections for unrestricted public reuse. It includes some detailed and very useful resources.

Creative Commons Creative Commons enables you to legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world licences have been responsible for transforming the way we can use digital .resources. Creative Commons Education Guidance and case studies in using Creative Commons in education.

Open Education Policy Network based in Central and Eastern Europe this body supports development of open education policies in order to create a friendly and creative policy environment for open education.

Open Knowledge Foundation  is a worldwide non-profit network whose mission is to ensure knowledge and information are open to all.

Wikimedia Foundation The Wikimedia Foundation operates and manages some of the largest collaboratively edited projects in the world, including Wikipedia and its host Wikimedia.  All their media assets are stored on Wikimedia Commons

Open Glam (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum) is a global network committed to sharing cultural heritage and ensure access to resources in Museums and Galleries. Check for new resources, news and workshops.

The National Lottery Heritage fund’s default license is now  CC-BY 4.0, supporting more people to connect & engage with heritage.


Communia is a network of researchers and practitioners whose aim is to foster, strengthen and enrich the  value of Public Domain, especially in education.  

Directory of Open Access Journals is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Figshare  is a platform for sharing and accessing open academic research outputs as diagrams, data and presentations.  Higher education and academia.

Internet Archive Scholar a newly established service enabling one to search for research articles and scholarly documents. The collection spans from  eighteenth century journals through the latest Open Access journals.


Wikimedia in Education a booklet produced by Wikimedia UK and the University of Edinburgh, bringing together a collection of case studies from across the UK showing many different Wikimedia projects in education.