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Where does the content on Openverse come from?

There is openly licensed content hosted on millions of domains across the breadth of the internet. Our team systematically identifies providers hosting CC-licensed content. If it’s a good fit, we index that content and make it discoverable through Openverse.

Some providers have multiple different groupings of content within them. Flickr has sources ranging from NASA to personal photography. The Smithsonian Institute comprises a dozen diverse collections. Wikimedia Commons runs the gamut in terms of content, and is used by several Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums highlighting some or all of their digitized collections.

Openverse is especially grateful for the work of Europeana, an organization that works to digitize and make discoverable cultural heritage works across Europe. Openverse is able to index hundreds of valuable sources through a single integration with the Europeana API.

How do we decide what sources to add next?

We have a never ending list of possible sources to research prior to integration. We ask ourselves questions like:

  • What is the impact or importance of this source to our users? If it exists within a provider like Wikimedia Commons, is it valuable for our users to be able to filter by this source directly?
  • Is licensing and attribution information clearly displayed to enable confident reuse?
  • How many new total items or new types of items can we bring to our users through this integration? Some sources are direct integrations, while others may be a source within a source.

We appreciate suggestions for new sources from our community of users.

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Clicking on a Source allows you to browse and filter items within that source.

Image Sources

Total items
Animal Diversity Web 15,554
Biodiversity Heritage Library 247,665
Brooklyn Museum 69,924
Cleveland Museum of Art 39,138
Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon 15,143
Digitalt Museum 289,769
Europeana 9,521,930
Flickr 505,854,255
Geograph Britain and Ireland 1,090,119
iNaturalist 158,267,579
Metropolitan Museum of Art 401,637
Museums Victoria 168,080
Nappy 2,211
NASA 125,092
National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) 39,954
New York Public Library 1,277
PhyloPic 8,410
Rawpixel 177,650
Rijksmuseum 29,999
Science Museum – UK 107,979
Sketchfab 37,872
Smithsonian Institution Archives 8,313
Smithsonian Institution: Anacostia Community Museum 601
Smithsonian Institution: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 75,037
Smithsonian Institution: Freer Gallery of Art 7,086
Smithsonian Institution: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 878
Smithsonian Institution: National Air and Space Museum 6,513
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of African American History and Culture 10,895
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of African Art 365
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of American History 13,718
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of Natural History 3,687,662
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian 246
Smithsonian Institution: National Portrait Gallery 16,212
Smithsonian Institution: National Postal Museum 7,155
Smithsonian Institution: National Zoo 462
Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian American Art Museum 12,498
Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Gardens 8,387
Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Libraries 55
SpaceX 1,360 38,802
SVG Silh 358,942
Thingiverse 32,395
Wikimedia Commons 62,845,374
WOCinTech Chat 268
World Register of Marine Species 19,783
WP Photo Directory 10,506

Audio Sources

Total items
Freesound 416,833
Jamendo 617,280
Wikimedia Commons 1,911,299

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