Openverse Image Metaphor Challenge

I’d really like to encourage use of Openverse for locating images (and audio) for OER work. It is the descendent of the original Creative Commons CC Search (any old links you have to that cleanly take to the new Openverse.

Here is where I make a case for Openverse:

If you are interested in learning about Openverse and how it works, we are fortunate to have Zack Krida from Automattic visiting our OEWeek Live! show on Wednesday this week

An OEWeek Openverse Challenge

Sample Return Robot Challenge (201306050004HQ)” by NASA HQ PHOTO is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (found in Openverse!)

Here is a chance to give Openverse a spin rather than just going there and entering random keywords, hoping for results.

I offer a wee challenge:

In the spirit of attribution of OER as a form of gratitude, rather than a license obligation, Use Openverse to find an that image represents an act of gratitude?

Now here is a thing. It is easy (usually) to find images of specific things, objects, places by keyword. It takes a bit more creativity to find images that represent an idea or a metaphor. My suggestion for this challenge is not to use literal keywords, but are to ask questions:

  • What does it look like in the world when you see or experience showing gratitude or giving attribution? What are people doing? How are they doing it?
  • Who gives builds attribution and where in the world does this happen?
  • What are other settings where giving attribution happens?
  • What are other words that describe what gratitude looks like?

Look to replies below for a few examples.

When you find something, add a reply below that includes:

  • Include The image! (download the image as a file from the source, then drag and drop the image file to the editor here, that uploads the image)
  • share the keywords you used for your search
  • Include the link to the Openverse url that displays the image
  • Copy and paste the attribution statement that Openverse provides

Are you ready? Go to openverse and see what you can find for a metaphor.

We do not have prizes, but you might get a little badge here in OEG Connect.

Here are a few examples (there are no “right” answers for metaphors!_

Example 1

Search on child appreciating

Found Image:

A child shows appreciation to Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Rion Johnson after a group rescue of people and their pets.” by Official U.S. Navy Imagery is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Example 2

Search on people shaking hands (results are a bit cliché like staged stock imagery)

Found Image:

Business people shaking hands in agreement” by Rawpixel Ltd is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Example 3

Search on “recognition plaque” (use of quotes for exact phrase match)

Found Image: (I admit I chose because I recognize the person as my friend Ken Buaer, and it turns out, I took the photo!)

Big Ken on Campus” by cogdogblog is marked with CC0 1.0.

Example 4

Search on “Thank you note” (again using quotes for phrase match)

Found Image:

thank you note for you” by woodleywonderworks is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


Best Thank You Card Ever, from a young visitor | I have neve… | Flickr
by jurvetson is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Found image:

I simply search for “Thanks” and found this heartfelt thank you note from a young person who visited Steve Jurvetson’s Space Collection.

Seeing your response, Irene, is the best thanks! I was hoping someone would take up the challenge!