Creative Commons’ ‘CC Search’ is finally out of beta after two years of testing and lets you search through over 300 million free images.
When Creative Commons started its CC Search in beta two years ago, it only had 9.5 million images, a number that has grown exponentially to over 300 million free images, now that it’s finally out of beta.
After testing the search engine since 2017, the final version is here, offering better results, faster performance, and a redesign to help for better use.
As Jane Park, Creative Commons’ Director of Product and Research, explains in a recent announcement:
“Aesthetically, you’ll see some key changes — a cleaner home page, better navigation and filters, design alignment with creativecommons.org, streamlined attribution options, and clear channels for providing feedback on both the overall function of the site and on specific image reuses.”
CC Search’s +300 million image database currently includes 19 collections sourced from open APIs and the Common Crawl dataset, including cultural works from museums, graphic designs from sites such as Behance and DeviantArt, photos from Flickr, and even 3D designs from Thingiverse.
Later in 2019 CC will also add other CC-licensed materials like open textbooks and audio, for example. It also plans to add features like advanced filters, easy collection browsing (without having to enter a search term), and improve the search engine’s mobile UX.
As Park explains, the “ultimate goal remains the same (to provide access to all 1.4 billion works in the commons),” but CC is “initially focused on images that creators desire to reuse in meaningful ways, learning about how these images are reused in the wild, and incorporating that learning back into CC Search.”
Users can still use the old Creative Commons search engine at oldsearch.creativecommons.org.
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