Language / Using images / Ordering images / Comments / User tags / Changing contrast and text size
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On the top right of the website you can switch the language of headings and labels on DigitaltMuseum. The information about objects in the collections is imported from the museum databases and is therefore available only in the language that was used for the registration (usually Norwegian or Swedish).

Using images

Under the image of an object in the collections, there is basic information about how the image may be used. Images can be protected by copyright, released under a Creative Commons license or be too old to be protected by copyright. You can read more about these options below. On the Advanced Search page you can search for images with a specific license.

Creative Commons licenses mean that the image may be used without special permission within certain boundaries. If you use an image with a Creative Commons license, the copyright owner must always be credited, but other rules for use vary between licenses. For example, some images may only be used non-commercially. You can read more about the licenses here.

Public Domain Mark is used for images that are too old to be protected by copyright laws. These images may be used freely, but the moral rights of the photographer or creator could still be in effect.

If there is no Creative Commons license or Public Domain Mark listed under the image, the museum or photographer has full copyright. In the museum collections, there are many images that for various reasons may not be used without permission. There are also images where copyright and other rights are still unclear. In most cases you can still get permission to use the image, please contact the museum for prices and conditions.

If you are planning to use an image and are unsure whether the intended use is permitted, always contact the museum that published the image. Many museums can also provide better-quality images, usually at a cost, if the one that is published is not good enough for your purpose. Read more about ordering below.

Ordering images

If you would like your own copy of an image, please use the link ”Order photo” by each image. The photo is then placed in an order file which you find on the right-hand side of the page. Click on the order file to see your order and fill in contact information. There you can also remove pictures from the order file.

Depending on intended use and which museum you order from, you may be required to pay fees for eg materials and handling. When you have added a picture to the order file, you can find terms and conditions for the specific museum in the order file. These terms are for the time being only available in Norwegian or Swedish, depending on the museum.

Please make sure that all required information (for example contact information, intended use, size of image) is filled in before you send the order. When you click “Send”, the order is sent to the museum or museums that own the image(s). You will also receive a confirmation e-mail. If you would like to change your order or add more information, please contact the museum(s) in question.

If there is no link to order the image, the museum does not provide that service.


If you have any more information about an object, its background or context, please add to the museum’s knowledge by writing a comment on the object’s page. You can also use the link ”Send e-mail to the museum” if you don’t want to write an open comment or if you have general comments or questions that are not connected to a specific object.

DigitaltMuseum or the participating museums are not responsible for making sure that the information in user comments is correct. If you see an inappropriate comment, please report it to us through the link “Report this comment”.

User tags

User tags are keywords that describe for example the object’s appearance or theme or details that are not described in the museum’s text. These tags make the objects easier to find; if you for example add the tag ”Oslo”, other users will find the object when they search for ”Oslo”.

You add tags by clicking on the link under ”User tags” to the right of an object in the database. Write the keyword in the box and click ”Save”. You can add several tags at a time by placing a comma between each tag. Misspelled tags or other tags that shouldn’t be there can be deleted by clicking the small X next to each tag.

When you have tagged an object, it may take up to a few minutes before the tag can be found in a search.

Changing contrast and text size

On the top right of the page there is a link that says ”High contrast”. Clicking this link switches the page to black text on a yellow background. To switch back to regular contrast, click on ”Default contrast”.

The size of the text on DigitaltMuseum can be changed with settings in your browser. In most cases, you can also use keyboard shortcuts:

  • Smaller text: Ctrl -
  • Larger text: Ctrl +
  • Original size: Ctrl 0

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