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Open Educational Resources: Media

OER Media

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OER Multimedia Collections

Wikimedia Commons
free to use media files and easy opportunity to contribute to OER

PBS Learning Media
K-12 multimedia resources searchable by a variety of subjects and resource types produced by the Public Broadcasting System

Open Culture
browse thousands of open movies and podcasts

EDUCAUSE: Legal Sources of Online Content
alternatives to unauthorized downloading of movies, tv shows, and music from a nonprofit association

ITHAKA collaborative collections of 1.3 million multimedia files from library special collections, faculty research, institutional history materials, and partner museums

Library of Congress Digital Collections
500+ digital scans and media files from U.S. de facto National Library

Digital Public Library of America
digital collections produced by partnering libraries across the country

Smithsonian Learning Lab
more than a million images, recordings, and texts from collections

Metropolitan Museum
open photos of collection art and sculptures

media items from Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives, and museums

Internet Archive
non-profit organization with access to "historical collections that exist in digital format" including text, audiovisual, and software items

Pond5: Free
free stock photos, videos, and music

OER Images

National Art Gallery
images of works of art in the collection deemed as public domain

Science Image
free image library specializing in science and nature by CSIRO in Australia

Servier Medical Art
3000+ free medical images including anatomy, cellular biology, and medical equipment and procedures 

Public Health Image Database
public domain images from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

images as well as audio, video, and other media produced by NASA may be used for educational or informational purposes

Messier Catalog
mostly open astronomical pictures of Messier deep space objects such as nebulae, clusters, and galaxies

public-domain picture repository with no attribution necessary

Flickr Commons
"hidden treasures from the world's public photography archives"

more than 83,000 images from the formerly known Open Clip Art Library

free stock photos licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license

images with Creative Commons licenses downloadable as different sizes

offers 10 public-domain and high-resolution images every 10 days

collections of public domain posters

Googe Image Search by Usage Rights
select  "Tools" and then "Usage rights" to filter results based on machine-readable Creative Commons licenses

Google Image search with Usage Rights selected
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OER Videos

free full-length videos of "riveting talks by remarkable people free to the world"

Open Video Project
thousands of open videos hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of California Television
educational videos on many subjects produced by the University of California system 

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
free online access to national and state Public Broadcasting Service shows and films including NewsHour, Frontline, and the American Experience
a national preserve of documentary films about American roots culture

Vimeo Creative Commons
browse videos licensed for reuse with various permission types

YouTube Search by Usage Rights
go to filter tool and select "Creative Commons"

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OER Audio

National Public Radio (NPR)
global news and cultural stories, podcasts, and music from an independent non-profit media organization and state affiliate stations

Free Music Archive
"free downloads under Creative Commons and other licenses"

community site with Creative Commons remixes and samples

more than 400,000 audio tracks with Creative Commons licensing

social platform to create, share, and find sound files with options for Creative Commons and royalty free licensing 

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