Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This was old news but the idea still new: Britain’s Victoria and Albert Museum will make digital images of objects in its collections freely available to scholars beginning in early 2007, a move "could transform art publishing". The new policy will allow visitors to the Collections Online Web site to download high-resolution files free of charge, according to a museum news release. The Web site already contains more than 25,000 images from the museum, with more being added. The museum is one of the largest repositories of works in design and the decorative arts from cultures around the world.