The apparently-new front-end for the CC Search – Image Search, for speedily finding re-usable Creative Commons images. There are said to be 289 million pictures here, mostly via Common Crawl apparently, from sources including DeviantArt. But Flickr is apparently not yet completely incorporated. Given the size it’s delightfully quick, and as you can see here it’s possible to ‘stack and chain’ the filters by selecting them repeatedly…

The drawback, compared to Google Images, is that in this incarnation of CC Search (the old one is still available) there’s no size filter and the relevancy ranking of results appears to be ‘easily distracted’. My very first search for Mongolian folk song got me a whole lot of Latvian folk dance, scrolling down into as a vast amount of Indian folk music. Very nice, but it took a lot of scrolling to eventually get down to some Mongolian content…

CC Search is under continual improvement through 2019 and more features are planned. Looking down the list in their forward plan I see that searching for CC texts is said to be coming to the new interface later in the summer (“incorporate open texts from major providers”), along with another design makeover (a new “distinct visual look and feel for landing page”).

There’s also talk of future delivery of a front-end for displaying “3D designs”, which suggests that 2020 or 2021 could see a very useful feature, a unified search for all CC 3D model files. I’d suggest that’s what vital in such a tool is a ‘can be re-textured’ search filter, as 3D models are not much use for quick re-use if (as is often the case with CC freebies) the material zones are either missing entirely or screwed up, which means they can’t be re-textured without specialist software and arcane skills. Perhaps a public user-feedback button could be used to indicate “I had success with this great model” / “Don’t waste your time on this”.