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 247,251
Brooklyn Museum 67,399
Cleveland Museum of Art 38,044
Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon 15,143
Digitalt Museum 289,769
Europeana 4,262,420
Flickr 497,381,180
Flora-On 55,010
Geograph Britain and Ireland 536,146
Metropolitan Museum of Art 368,878
Museums Victoria 157,636
NASA 123,012
Nappy 2,099
National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) 39,231
New York Public Library 1,272
PhyloPic 7,219
Rawpixel 163,347
Rijksmuseum 29,999
SVG Silh 358,942
Science Museum – UK 87,511
Sketchfab 37,872
Smithsonian Institution Archives 8,302
Smithsonian Institution: Anacostia Community Museum 595
Smithsonian Institution: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 74,961
Smithsonian Institution: Freer Gallery of Art 6,944
Smithsonian Institution: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 520
Smithsonian Institution: National Air and Space Museum 6,456
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of African American History and Culture 10,348
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of African Art 338
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of American History 13,703
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of Natural History 3,672,370
Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian 27
Smithsonian Institution: National Portrait Gallery 15,932
Smithsonian Institution: National Postal Museum 7,152
Smithsonian Institution: National Zoo 462
Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian American Art Museum 12,478
Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Gardens 8,140
Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Libraries 55
SpaceX 1,360 37,373
Thingiverse 32,395
WOCinTech Chat 267
WP Photo Directory 6,695
Wikimedia Commons 50,620,116
World Register of Marine Species 18,559
iNaturalist 102,056,591

Audio Sources

Total items
Freesound 416,833
Jamendo 532,535
Wikimedia Commons 885,702

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