After more than two years of beta testing, nonprofit organization Creative Commons has just launched its own search engine. And with over 300 million images available, here’s hoping it proves to be worth the wait.
The search engine is intended for use when searching the commons’ archive of free content available in the public domain, essentially collating all results in one easy place. Upon a search, it presents all relevant results of images that are available for usage under Creative Commons licenses, with the company claiming a catalog to the huge figure of 300 million images upon the service’s launch.
The company developed the catalog after numbers on its site began to increase. Back in February 2017, CC said it was seeing nearly 60,000 users search its site per month, hence the desire to beta test a new and improved search experience.
Ryan Merkley, Creative Commons CEO, said:
There is no ‘front door’ to the commons, and the tools people need to curate, share, and remix works aren’t yet available. We want to make the commons more usable, and this is our next step in that direction.
Searches draw upon sites such as Flickr and 500px, but also the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Future plans include expanding to include indexing other CC-licensed works, like open textbooks and audio.
You can make a search of your own right here.