6: Crabs on Creative Commons

Creative Commons greatly confused me at first. The only result I could find at first was images. I searches the word “crabs” and got 26 pages of pictures of crabs; nothing more, and nothing less.

Eventually, I navigated to the advanced search feature. I unchecked results from their photograph database, which limited my options to “cultural works”. Then, I had crab artwork. Historical crab artwork, at that. The site has links from each image to its source. For example, I clicked on a work that I felt drawn to, and a link to the Metropolitan Museum of art was provided, so that I could explore the original source.

I found myself wondering how these results were sorted and determined. The first photo in my first search was taken in 2010, the second in 2015, and the third in 2007. There appeared to be no order to pictures, and it didn’t seem possible to filter them further than I already had. The site seems very limiting to me, but, perhaps with more time, I would be able dissect it further. However, all the images provided were from very reliable, legit sources, and it’s cool to have so many archives combined. It’s the right place to go for photos to use in an academic paper or presentation, but probably not suitable for casual web surfing.

I’m not the biggest fan of this search engine, as you may have been able to guess. In my opinion, it is much easier to substitute this for Google, or even Bing, and you’ll get a wider range of media types in your search results.

The one thing that this site does have, however, is art. It is so easy to sift through all these archives of art, and it’s a credible source with all of the original links. This makes the engine more ideal for research projects than browsing.


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