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Picture of the Week

LUX dark matter detector

Detecting dark matter

The kind of matter and energy we can see and touch – whether it is in the form of atoms and molecules, or heat and light, only forms a tiny proportion of the content of the Universe, only about 5%. Over a quarter is dark matter, which is totally invisible but whose gravitational attraction can be detected; while over two thirds is dark energy, a force that pushes the Universe to expand ever faster.
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Sources of pictures at UCL

Camera. Photo: UCL Creative Media Services

There are many sources of high-quality photos and images at UCL online, both of pictures of the college, and of research and teaching going on in it. Here is a non-exhaustive list.

UCL Imagestore

  • Contains photos of UCL campus, some of the museum collections, students, some facilities.
  • Photos are UCL copyright and can be used in UCL publications, but not for use outside of UCL.
  • Note: UCL username and password is required to access Imagestore.

UCL Mathematical and Physical Sciences Flickr gallery

  • Research images, faculty events and photos of facilities. Contains all pictures from UCL MAPS press releases and Pictures of the Week blog posts.
  • Most pictures are Creative Commons licensed, most require only that the photographer be credited.
  • The faculty office can also take photos of facilities, labs and people. Contact Oli Usher (o.usher@ucl.ac.uk) to arrange this. There is no charge for this service.

UCL Engineering Flickr gallery

  • Research images, faculty events and photos of facilities.
  • Some pictures are Creative Commons licensed.
  • The faculty office can also take photos of facilities, labs and people, and can lend a DSLR camera. Contact Kate Oliver (k.oliver@ucl.ac.uk) to arrange this. There is no charge for these services.

UCL Teaching Flickr gallery

  • Teaching and learning facilities around UCL
  • Photos are UCL copyright and can only be used for UCL-related purposes.

UCL Mullard Space Science Lab Flickr gallery

  • Pictures of facilities, labs and spacecraft built at MSSL, including lots of historical images from the early years of the space programme.
  • Many photos are Creative Commons licensed.

UCL Careers Service Flickr gallery

  • Photos of careers events and current students
  • Photos are UCL copyright and can only be used for UCL-related purposes.

UCL Creative Media Services

  • Not a photo library, but a photography service
  • Can organise photography at UCL events at reasonable prices

UCL Grant Museum of Zoology

  • Photos of all zoological specimens in the Grant Museum
  • Photos are available in web resolution under Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike licences.
  • Higher-resolution files for UCL use only are available through Imagestore (UCL username and password needed).

UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptology

  • Photos of all of UCL's Egyptian collections, except those involving human remains
  • Photos are available in web resolution under Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike licences.
  • Higher-resolution files for UCL use only are available through Imagestore (UCL username and password needed).

University of London Observatory, UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • Photos of stars, galaxies and nebulae.
  • Photos taken by observatory staff, and astronomical images produced by ULO telescopes, are available under Creative Commons Attribution licences.
  • The website also includes photos taken by third party photographers which should not be reused without permission. These are labelled in the captions.

UCL News Flickr gallery

  • Photos from events and news at UCL, including UCL press releases.
  • Photos are UCL copyright and can only be used for UCL-related purposes.

UCL Graduate School

  • Photo galleries of the annual Graduate School research images as art competition.
  • All photos are copyright of their creators - you need to get permission.

UCL Stock images

  • A small selection of high-quality photos of UCL buildings and UCL's Provost & President
  • These photos are cleared for use by media

Copyright:

Note that it is important to follow copyright law when using photographs. As a general rule of thumb:

  • Photos and pictures produced by UCL staff for administrative or institutional purposes (e.g. photos of the portico, photos of labs taken by the faculty office or Creative Media Services) are UCL's copyright and can be used by all staff for UCL-related purposes without needing permission (though checking is a simple courtesy).
  • Photos and pictures produced for academic purposes are the copyright of the staff members who made them, not UCL. You should always ask for permission unless they have explicitly stated that these can be used (for instance through marking as being available under Creative Commons licences).
  • Photos and pictures produced by people outside of UCL - including by freelance photographers paid by UCL - are not cleared for use unless you get their explicit permission.
  • Photos produced by anyone - inside or outside of UCL - which are marked as Creative Commons can be used without having to seek permission providing you follow the conditions (which vary - some do not allow any derivative works, for instance).
  • Anything produced in the UK by people who have been dead for more than 70 years is in the public domain and can be used without restriction. This duration varies by country - Wikipedia has a helpful list.
  • Photos which are put on websites, blogs, etc, without a statement of copyright are  not public domain unless they have been specifically and explicitly released by their author, or the copyright has expired.
  • Works produced by US Government agencies, including NASA, are in the public domain and can be used without restriction.
  • UCL Library Services control UCL's copyright policy. They have helpful advice here, and are able to answer questions.
  • Any conditions can of course be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder - so there is no harm in getting in touch to ask about special permissions.

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