Public Domain Images Are Just That — Public
By Parker Phinney
This spring, I worked as a Dartmouth Digital Studies Fellow on the Usable Images project and the MetadataGames project.
Several United States Federal agencies maintain repositories of public domain images. These repositories have thousands of images with practical uses. For example, a health sciences professor creating a textbook to share for free on line is greatly helped by the public domain (free of copyright restrictions) images available for free on the Center for Disease Control’s website, which range from photographs of disease symptoms, to microscope slides, and beyond.