CulturePics - custom images from cultural collections

Size: 192x216 px More like this

British Library digitised image from page 210 of "Az Osztrák-Magyar Monarchia irásban és képben. Rudolf trónörökös főherczeg Ő ... fensége kezdeményezéséből és közremunkálásával. (Die deutsche Ausgabe redigirt ... J. von Weilen, die ungarische M. Jókai.)
Sculptor Emil Wikström, friend of Akseli Gallen-Kallela, with statues in his Paris studio.
Ethiopian Prayer Book: Back Cover
Great Expectations. By Charles Dickens. [Twenty-one engraved plates, including a titlepage, after etchings by F. W. Pailthorpe.]  - caption: '"Old Orlick means murder". Pip is tied up by Orlick, who holds a candle to his face.'
Ethiopian Prayer Book: Page 230

What does it do?

At its simplest level CulturePics is rather like or - 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.

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