I rarely use Bing. Ok, I never use Bing, but a Twitter conversation with Laura Gibbs earlier today had me checking out the search engine.
Laura sent a tweet responding to a conversation I had earlier in the day with Dave Cormier about finding OER science images (as an aside, Dave ended up aggregating the tweets recommending possible sources of OER science images using Storify; a nifty way to use Twitter & Storify to crowdsource, aggregate and archive on the fly).
One of the suggestions I had for Dave was to use the Google advanced license search to filter image results by open license.
@davecormier @stevecontip @patlockley Also advanced Google Image search for CC material http://t.co/LhhU3uV0Lr
— Clint Lalonde (@clintlalonde) January 7, 2014
Laura saw that tweet and responded that you could also use Bing
@clintlalonde @davecormier @stevecontip @patlockley Even Bing has surprisingly convenient license filter: http://t.co/rzLkxw6qUs
— Laura Gibbs (@OnlineCrsLady) January 7, 2014
I didn’t realize Bing also let you filter by license type, so I followed Laura’s link and saw a collection of images in Bing, but there was no way that was obvious to me on how to filter my license. This is what I saw:
No license filter. So, thinking that there is another place where this is set, I start rooting around the Bing settings, but find nothing to filter on license types. So I ask Laura, who responds with a screen shot of what she sees.
Wait, what is that license dropdown on her menu? Why don’t I see it on mine?
Turns out, the license filter was not appearing for me because my country settings were set to Canada. If I changed my country settings to US, the license filter appears.
So it appears that Bing’s license filter only works if you have your country settings set to US. Which strikes me as odd. Why not just make it default for all geographical locations? t first I thought that maybe there was some legal reason why they restrict filtering on license by country, but then though if that was the case, why would they let users so easily override it by switching their country settings? Wouldn’t they have some more sophisticated geo-location mechanism in place if that was a serious concern?
At any rate, if you use Bing and want to use it to search for Creative Commons licensed material, you need to change your Worldwide settings to US.
Oh, and as was pointed out on the conversation thread by Pat Lockley…
@clintlalonde @davecormier @stevecontip I never trusted google search, saw too many falsely attributed pics
— patlockley (@patlockley) January 7, 2014
You do sometimes find images that are not correctly licensed. If you get the feeling that the CC-BY licensed image might not be, do a bit more digging to find the source of the image. TinEye is a good tool that might help you track down the source of the image.