Public access to images

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Public access to images

Postby paul » Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:22 am

When images are uploaded to eHive, multiple smaller copies are created for web access. The largest of these smaller sizes (derivatives) is a maximum of 800 pixels on the longest size. These smaller images are used throughout the size in places such as the search results screens.

The general public (not logged in users) only has access to records that have been marked as published to eHive. For the public records, the public users do not have access to the original images. The largest size the users have access to is the 800x800 derivative. This size is suitable for viewing on screen but is too small to be used for publication purposes.

As additional protection, the detail view of an object records includes the copyright disclaimer in the footer:
<i>If you are concerned about the copyright status for any content in eHive or would like more information on using or ordering copies of content, please contact the Account Holder of that content.<i>

Some websites block the right-click menu to try to prevent images being saved from the website to another computer. However, by viewing the images on their screen, the image has effectively already transferred to the user's computer. We do not disable right-click as this would block the user from other useful options (save the page as a favourite for example) that are available from the right-click menu.

Most museums have access to their collections as part of their core mission. Digital access to these collections is becoming an essential part of this mission. Advantages of digital access to collection images include:
[*] Providing a way for a wider audience to view the collection
[*] Providing visual access to collection items not display in the museum
[*] Promoting the collections of the museum, oftern resulting in more visitors to the museum

Illegal use of images is a potential problem with online access, but the benefits of open collections far outway these.

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