Places to find reusable content
There’s plenty of material out there to share, remix and reuse. There are over 700 million pieces of content with Creative Commons licences, and many millions more in the public domain. The great news is that finding and downloading this content is relatively easy.
Protip: Don’t use Creative Commons licensed content that says “No Derivatives” or “ND” unless you ask the creator first - because it means no remixing! You can find out more about what this means here on the Creative Commons Aoteaora NZ website.
Flickr is a photo-sharing website with over 250 million Creative Commons licensed images.
Compfight is an attractive, easy to use site for finding Flickr photos.
The National Library of New Zealand has made many sets of images available through The Commons on Flickr with a "no known copyright restrictions" statement. You may use these images as you choose. The Library requests that if possible you attribute the source.
Jamendo contains over 350,000 CC licensed songs – use the advanced search to look by licence.
CC Mixter has a range of samples and tracks, all with a Creative Commons licence.
Free Music Archive is a curated site of public domain and Creative Commons tracks.
YouTube now has a range of Creative Commons videos.
Vimeo also has many, easily accessible Creative Commons videos.
FedFlix at archive.org provides some interesting public service videos from the US.
Open Images is a portal run by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision which provides access to audiovisual archival material for creative reuse.
Data.govt.nz is a directory of publicly-available, non-personal New Zealand government held datasets. You can easily filter for Creative Commons or no known copyright listings.
LINZ Data Service provides free, web-based access to open access Land Information New Zealand datasets.
NIWA's EI Browser is a simple interface to discover NIWA's data holdings, view its metadata and learn how to access it. You can learn more about the Browser, and how it works, here.
NIWA QGIS is a free, open source, desktop mapping tool based on the popular Quantum GIS application. It is simpler for new users to learn as it has had some GIS functionality hidden or removed to be less confusing. It also has a custom plugin added to provide easy access to NIWA map data over the internet.
There's some more info here about open standard web services.
CC Search is an international Creative Commons platform providing links through a dozen other search engines.
Wikimedia Commons have nearly 14 million media files that are either out of copyright or under a Creative Commons licence, including images from major international art galleries.
DigitalNZ helps you search through over 25 million pieces of New Zealand digital content from more than 140 content partners. Try the 'usage' filters to find remixable content only.