In February 2020, the Smithsonian Institution (SI) will adopt Open Access (OA), which would allow some digital assets to be made available to the public to download and use for any purpose with no further permission required.
Soon, website visitors should begin seeing search options to filter out images and digital assets with Open Access copyright licenses similar to how the Metropolitan Museum of Art currently provides a simple Open Access check box in their search page to make it easy to filter results:
In addition, the Smithsonian will provide Open Access copyright license indicators and full-size resolution download links associated with digital assets similar to how the Metropolitan Museum of Art clearly displays its Open Access for the Public Domain in context with its objects, including the ability to share and download.
Similarly, the europeana collections provides a user-friendly method of notifying website visitors about copyright status, i.e., Can I use it? Free Re-Use vs. No Re-Use.
Clicking through to a specific asset, the europeana collections makes it easy and user-friendly to share, download, and understand copyright permissions (below):
Clicking on the “Can I Use It?” link displays the following user-friendly copyright status:
We look forward to seeing open access implemented across all of the Smithsonian Institution’s digital properties.