Wellcome Images freely releases 100,000 images

This image shows a Japanese woodcut of Mount Fuji by Hiroshige
A woodcut of Mount Fuji by Hiroshige, 1852. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Wellcome Images yesterday announced that that they have released over 100,000 images, ranging from ancient manuscripts to etchings by Van Gogh and Goya, under open licences.

By releasing these resources under the Creative Commons – Attribution only (CC-BY) licence, Wellcome Images has ensured that those images can be freely downloaded, copied, distributed, edited, manipulated for personal and commercial use, as long as Wellcome Library is attributed as the source.

Wikimedia UK welcomes this commitment to free and open knowledge and congratulates Wellcome Images for taking this step. This release of material means that their extensive resources can be freely used on Wikimedia projects, such as Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia.

Wikimedia UK encourages other collections of educational resources to follow the lead shown by Wellcome Images and release educational content under open licences. For more information about how to release content openly please contact jonathan.cardy@wikimedia.org.uk