NOAA’s “Coral Kingdom” Photos

August 12, 2008 at 10:02 am (art, neat things)

Via Boing Boing, check out NOAA’s vast collections of photographs of coral reefs and their inhabitants. Reefs may soon go the way of the North Pole, so this kind of documentation is invaluable. Also, if I’m not mistaken, as works of the US government, the images should be in the public domain.*

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NOAA has some other collections worth perusing, too, including “NOAA’S Ark” (photos of animals) and photos of and around American coastlines, which contains both contemporary and historical images.

* See Daran’s comment below.

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3 Comments

  1. Daran said,

    Also, if I’m not mistaken, as works of the US government, the images should be in the public domain.

    You’re almost certainly mistaken. Only “a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties” is public domain. (See Title 17 Section 101 for the definition and section 105 for the exemption.) Many of these works were created by private citizens. Others, though employed by NOAA, appear to have taken these photos on their own initiative, rather than as part of their official duties.

  2. Daran said,

    Interesting. My last comment doesn’t appear in the “recent comments” list. In moderation?

  3. Daisy said,

    Hey, thanks for the clarification there, Daran — I’ll add a note about that to the post.

    Your comment was in moderation because comments with more than two links automatically get held for approval (in the moderation queue, not the spamulator); all fixed now.

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