Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Education Image Gallery - New licence, new content

JISC Collections have recently concluded a lengthy renegotiation with Getty Images for a further three-year agreement to the Education Image Gallery service, run by EDINA. The prices are unchanged from the 2004-07 prices and set at the same, tiered annual rates for 2007-10. Existing subscribing sites have been contacted regarding the renewal process, and new subscribers are welcome as well. 30 day trials are available for those interested in evaluating the service prior to subscription.

One of the key changes of the new licence agreement is the ability to store images locally for use beyond the term of the licence agreement. In essence the service offers a copyright-cleared bank of electronic images for educational use, covering the history of photography and including images across all major subjects.

After resolving outstanding metadata issues, the monthly-update feed has been restored which adds between 200-300 topical images each month. Just loaded are 2,000 images covering October 2006 to May 2007. This feature will continue for the period of the new licence increasing the database size from 50,000 to 60,000 images.

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