Our new and improved Image Store

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Update 28 October 2020: this article was originally written in 2011 and is now out of date. The Image Store is now known as our Digital Media Bank and we have a more open licensing policy than that described below.

The Royal Pavilion and Museums Image Store
The Royal Pavilion and Museums Image Store

We’ve just launched a number of new features and offers on our Image Store. From today, you can now use it to:

  • Send free e-cards of your favourite artworks or objects in our collections
  • Download ‘medium-res’ images for free under a Creative Commons licence
  • We’ve cut the price of ‘hi-res’ images for private use by 50% until 1 January 2012

If you have never used our Image Store, it’s the public face of our digital asset management system. We launched this last September, and are gradually transferring our images and related metadata to the system. Up until now, we have largely been using this as an online image shop and viewing gallery. With these changes, we can now use the system more flexibly and provide greater, and more creative, access to our collections. Although the site presently just holds digital images, in the future we plan to add e-learning materials, sound clips, and video files. We can also use this for e-publications and presentations given by staff, if there is demand.

We would welcome your comments and suggestions on this service. But here are a few answers to questions that you may be thinking of:

How does the e-card work?

You simply need to view the image and select the ‘send as e-card’ option. You will need to fill in a few details, complete the ‘captcha’ to prevent spam, and your email will be sent.

What is a ‘medium-res’ image?

Although common terms, lo-res and hi-res do not have any absolute meaning. We define a ‘medium-res’ image as one that is 800 pixels on its longest side.

What can I do with a ‘medium-res’ image?

This is a good size of image for screen use, whether you are illustrating a blog post or contributing to a community website such as My Brighton and Hove. Although it is possible to print from this size of image, any prints above a postcard size will probably show some signs of distortion.

What is a Creative Commons licence?

A Creative Commons licence is a type of open agreement which allows us to share these assets with other users without negotiating individual copyright licences. A number of Creative Commons licences exist, but the one we use is an: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported licence. To put it simply, this allows users to use these images with the following restrictions:

  1. The image may not be used for any commercial purpose.
  2. The image must be credited to ‘The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove’, unless otherwise indicated.
  3. The image must not be edited, manipulated or otherwise distorted.

What do we mean by commercial?

Our definition of commercial includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • The use of the image in a product that is made available for sale.
  • Promotional use or advertising by any organisation other than a not for profit.
  • Displayed in a public space by any organisation other than a not for profit.

How can I download these images with a Creative Commons licence?

You will first need to register as a user, and choose the option of ‘Creative Commons Licensee’. Once logged-in, you will see a ‘Download’ option next to each image that you view. On selecting this option, you will be asked to confirm your agreement to the terms and conditions (the Creative Commons licence), and select the method by which the image will be supplied to you. Images can either be downloaded direct to your computer or emailed to you.

If you have any further questions, you can either post them as a comment to this post or make them in private using the form below. We will be reviewing how this service works, so it would be helpful to know to what use you are able to put these images.

Kevin Bacon
Digital Development Officer

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