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Project Gutenberg has both volumes of Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Gustav Doré online. Accessible in a number of formats both images and text are in the Public Domain. A great starting point for remixes.

Vol 1, https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5903
Vol 2, https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5946
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If you want to know more about a how society viewed the world then check out the children's' literature of the period. The Baldwin Library of Children's Historical Literature is a good place to start. According to the citations most of the items featured in this collection are in the Public Domain.

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As it's Easter weekend here's La Vie et la passion de Jesus Christ (Passion and Death of Christ) (1903 ); is believed to be the first feature film to have colorized sequences. Colorization was achieved using the Pathecolor/Pathechrome stencil-based film tinting process. Its fascinating use of colour and painterly sets provide some wonderful sequences for selecting extracts and remixing. Thanks to the Public Domain Review for finding this, and including links to the Internet Archive download.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the latest amongst the major museums making part of their collections Open Access. This updated policy enables anyone to access and use the high resolution images for “any purpose, including commercial and noncommercial use, free of charge and without requiring permission from the Museum.”

search the Met's Public Domain artworks here http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection#!?perPage=20&showOnly=openaccess&sortBy=Relevance&sortOrder=asc&offset=0&pageSize=0

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Work I developed with my colleagues from the University of Southern Maine on Visual Literacy in an educational context. (2015). http://www.meshguides.org/guides/node/214
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The J R James Archive on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/jrjamesarchive/ is a remarkable collection of images related to architecture and town planning.

Named after JR ‘Jimmy’ James Professor of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield, it covers a period from 1960s till the mid 1980s, this photographic archive is a superb record of daily life in the built environment of Britain.

Digitised from original 35 mm transparencies by graduates in the department, the archive hosts 3,782 photos, maps, plans and photographs. The images reveal; street scenes, brutalist architecture, dilapidated terraces and the tenements of post 60s Britain. These are contrasted with visionary drawings by town planners planners and architects. Throughout the images, children play, everyday people look happy getting on with their lives, but occasionally they appear to accept - perhaps subconsciously - they have no real agency in these spaces. All images CC BY NC

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With its wonderful use of modern and archive images, this dynamic overview of use of visual elements around us provides an excellent introduction to reading and decoding the intricate system of symbols that are a part of everyday life -- from messages in the media to traffic signs. 

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Screenshot of the amazing online Interactive Amsterdam maps http://maps.amsterdam.nl/ provided by the city of Amsterdam. This one covers trees in the city, with descriptions and data inc some photos. The mapping resource is continually being updated and categories include: Urban Development, Urban Spaces, Sustainability, Nature, Traffic, Property Values, Amenities, Energy, History and Architecture.

The City of Amsterdam retains the copyright on the information on the maps, including images, video, logos and documents which can be downloaded. They encourage quoting or publishing a screenshot of a map with mentioning of the source, as well as linking to an interactive map.
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Welcome...
... to Visuality. An online project designed to curate and explore how images, including moving images, have been inextricably woven into the history of our species. It will cover all aspects of human endeavour, including art, science, architecture, communication, society and politics.

Visual Literacy...
...is the underlying current that flows through it all. The ability to read and interpret visual codes and artefacts, (signs, diagrams, maps, codes, images, films, models and visualisations) develops a visually fluency, which when allied with practical processes and skills, empowers us to create new visual resources and artefacts.

In Education
....it is essential to be able to recognise (read) the different types of visual content in the world today, understand how it is used, and how it might add value to educational resources and activities. Digital technologies make accessing, sharing and creating visual content available to all. Digital literacies are essential for managing it ....

Comments and feedback are welcome and encouraged.
comments always welcome, feedback appreciated

Wherever possible images will be Open and linked so they can be accessed reused and shared.

image credit: Mario Klingemann, The Starry Night Pie Packed; CC BY NC, https://flic.kr/p/86p5Yc
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Welcome to the Open Content Showcase. It will explore some of the most interesting, useful and exciting 'Open' content on the Web, and also illustrate how it might be used for learning, at all levels of education; formal and informal. It is closely associated with my other project, the Open Content Toolkit, https://opencontenttoolkit.wikispaces.com/

Comments and Feedback welcomed and encouraged.
Image credit: SimpleInsomnia CC BY (remixed) https://www.flickr.com/photos/simpleinsomnia/
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