The Public Domain Review

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The Public Domain Review
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Available inEnglish
OwnerThe Open Knowledge Foundation
EditorAdam Green
RegistrationNone required
LaunchedJanuary 1, 2011; 8 years ago (2011-01-01)
Current statusOnline
Content license
Creative Commons Attribution/
(unquoted text in collection posts and articles only)[1]

The Public Domain Review is an online journal, a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation, showcasing works which have entered the public domain. It was co-founded by Jonathan Gray and Adam Green.[2] It was launched on January 1, 2011 to coincide with Public Domain Day.[3]

The Review aims to raise awareness of the public domain by promoting public domain works from across the web, including from Europeana, the Internet Archive, and Wikimedia Commons. As well as curated collections of public domain images, texts, and films, it features longer essays from contemporary writers, scholars, and public intellectuals. The Guardian reviewed it as "magnificent ... a model of digital curation",[4] an interview in Vice labelled it "beautifully curated",[5] and The A.V. Club described it as "endlessly and deeply absorbing".[6]

It regularly contributes collections to The New Inquiry,[7] and collections are frequently highlighted by diverse publications including The Huffington Post,[8] The Paris Review,[9] and The New York Times.[10]

Contributors of articles have included Julian Barnes,[11] Frank Delaney[12] Jack Zipes,[13] Richard Hamblyn,[14] Philipp Blom,[15] and Arika Okrent.[16] In addition to the thematic essays, a monthly "Curator's Choice" series highlights professional curators' essays about material from their cultural institutions.[17]

The Review published its first print anthology in late 2014, a collection of 34 essays published online during 2011-13. It was reviewed as "an incredible collection of esoterica" by The Paris Review,[18] and featured as one of Wired's best science books of 2014.[19] A second volume in The Public Domain: Selected Essays print series was published in 2015.


  • Adam, Green, ed. (2014). The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays: The First Three Years, 2011-2013. Cambridge, UK: PDR Press. ISSN 2056-953X. OCLC 903052212. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  • Adam, Green, ed. (2015). The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. II. Cambridge, UK: PDR Press. ISSN 2056-953X. Archived from the original on February 7, 2016.


  1. ^ "Using Material from Our Site". The Public Domain Review. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Blog : 6 questions with...The Public Domain Review". PopTech. August 24, 2011. Archived from the original on February 24, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Public Domain Review is launched!". 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  4. ^ Baddeley, Anna (2013). "The Public Domain Review demonstrates the power of digital curation". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Ricci, Virginia (2013-02-18). "The Public Domain Review Shows You History's Best Out-of-Copyright Art".
  6. ^ Browning, Laura M. (2014-07-26). "A photo book, a documentary about Elaine Stritch, and the public domain". The A.V. Club.
  7. ^ "The Public Domain Review – The New Inquiry". Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  8. ^ "Jean-Marc Côté's France In The Year 2000 Cigarette Cards (PICTURES)". Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  9. ^ "Paris Review – Early Promise, Sadie Stein". 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  10. ^ "Today's Scuttlebot: Hacker Jailed and Twitter's Choice -". 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  11. ^ Barnes, Julian (2014). "An Unlikely Lunch: When Maupassant met Swinburne". The Public Domain Review.
  12. ^ Delaney, Frank (2014). "The Tale of Beatrix Potter". The Public Domain Review.; Delaney, Frank (2012). "Seeing Joyce". The Public Domain Review.; Delaney, Frank (2013). "Time and Place: Eric Ravilious (1903-1942)". The Public Domain Review.
  13. ^ Zipes, Jack (2012). "The Forgotten Tales of the Brothers Grimm". The Public Domain Review.;
  14. ^ Hamblyn, Richard (2012). "The Krakatoa Sunsets". The Public Domain Review.
  15. ^ Blom, Philipp (2013). "A Dangerous Man in the Pantheon". The Public Domain Review.
  16. ^ Okrent, Arika (2012). "Trüth, Beaüty, and Volapük". The Public Domain Review.
  17. ^ "Announcing a new series: "Curator's Choice"". OKFN Blog. 2013-07-03.
  18. ^ Piepenbring, Dan (2014-11-19). "Lawn Fawn Moon Boon". The Paris Review.
  19. ^ Stockton, Nick (2014-12-15). "The Best Science Books We Read in 2014". Wired.

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