CulturePics - custom images from cultural collections

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National Doll League Children's Unconscious Doll Exerciser
Jane Brevard Collins, daughter of Governor LeRoy Collins, with family dog at "The Grove" in Tallahassee, Florida
Margaret Meagher, nurse at Sydney Hospital from Lincoln Coffee Lounge & Cafe, Rowe Street, Sydney / photographed by Brian Bird c. 1948-1951
University of Miami baseball coach Jimmie Foxx with FSU coach Danny Litwhiler in Tallahassee, Florida
Two men on Northwest Airlines aircraft, one using typewriter, with female flight attendant in background

What does it do?

At its simplest level CulturePics is rather like placehold.it or placekittens.com - you type in a specially formatted url and it gives you an image the size you want. But the difference here is that the images are sourced from thousands of the best images from the world's leading public collections. You also get to explore by collection and filter by tag, so if you happen to want lots of pictures of dogs from the National Media Museum or soldiers from the Australian War Memorial collection they're all just a few clicks away. Or maybe you're after a wide banner or a square picture to fill a particular spot?

Once you've found what you're looking for there are options to get the link for the image, download it, or copy the html code to embed it into your website or blog*, either in simple form or with a title and source as a caption

Right now it's just images from Flickr Commons, but the plan is to also include the likes of Europeana, DPLA and Trove, and any other easily accessible collections anyone can think of.

* please note that although these images have all been categorised as 'No known copyright restrictions' it is important that users read the Rights Statement on Flickr.

How does it work?

CulturePics taps into the library of thousands of images on Flickr Commons thanks to their API. When you give it some dimensions, and optionally a specific collection or tag, it finds the image that most closely matches the proportions (aspect ratio) and makes a special copy just for you.

Here are a few examples:

*rather than try and guess the collection or image IDs, use the search to find an image you want to use, then pick up the link by clicking 'Get this!'

Unlike other services, all the images served up have embedded metadata attributing the original source and so on. Or at least they will when I get that bit finished!

It was built as a quick experiment over a weekend. If you've got any thoughts, please get in touch.
@jamesinealing catchingtherain.com


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