I just noticed that NASA HQ are putting their public domain press photographs on Flickr under “non-commercial” CC. Surely all NASA produced imagery is public domain by default, bar a few items of vintage concept illustration where the artist retained rights? NC also rather goes against the presumed intention of releasing the press pictures, namely their re-use in newspapers and magazines.
I’m into my usual ‘summer shutdown’ in terms of paying attention to news, but after a few weeks the news has percolated that Cabells has launched their paywalled Cabells’ International Journal Blacklist of predatory journals. 4,000 “deceptive” journals at launch. How long, I wonder, before a public leak of the site-rip?
Archive.org offers books as unprocessed hi-res .jp2 image scan files, but once unpacked these don’t preview as thumbnails natively in Windows. Have you ever played “spot the page”, as a result, trying to find a picture among the pages? The quick solution to that problem is the freeware IrfanView and its JP2 (JPG-2000) Plugin pack.
Note that there are 32-bit and 64-bit versions of both, and it’s easy to mix them up. I only had success with 64-bit IrfanView + 64-bit plugins.
You may also find you need to enable the plugin via the Help | Plugins menu.
Another great addition to IrfanView. In fact, IrfanView would also be absolutely perfect as a general picture manager, if only there was some way to make a simple persistent bookmark of a folder. There isn’t. It has everything else, but it even with all its plugins it lacks the most obvious and basic feature — folder bookmarking!
Disaster and Emergency Medicine Journal (medical journals are not usually added, but: i. this seems a worthy exception; ii. the publisher’s other titles are on DOAJ; and iii. it’s not currently brought into JURN via the usual aggregators)
Italian Journal of Mycology (fungi and fungal pathogens)
Life Cycle (birds, British Trust for Ornithology)
Welsh Newspapers Online, free and public. It’s pleasingly fast, and the user can filter for English / Welsh, News (vs. adverts), and by Decade. Many newspapers carried syndicated articles and news which also appeared in their English counterparts. This can be useful, as the English newspaper archives are behind paywalls.