Europeana and Open Data at the Hague Open Data Meetup


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An introduction to Open (meta)Data at Europeana and how we make it available to developers via our API. Inevitably it also touches on licensing of content.

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  • Me, me, me!!!
  • Your takeways
  • Here comes the infodump!
  • You can reach our portal at and the preview of our new version portal at
  • Example used is: Een vrouw met een kind in een kelderkamer by Pieter de Hooch, Rijksmuseum, public domain
  • Our API console
  • Terms of Use for metadata, Our general Terms of Use and Policies,
  • Some object don’t have a structured licence field Allowed licences are the Creative Commons licences and variations of All rights reserved There is also a value for Unknown rights which can be used when a diligent search has not managed to get a clear result And the Public Domain mark to clearly marks Public Domain objects as such
  • See for more info about current licence distribution and our rights labelling campaign
  • 1. The Europeana Data Exchange Agreement (DEA) structures the relationship of Europeana and its data providers. It details the exchange whereby data providers receive back enriched metadata as well as access to other metadata of interest. It establishes rules for updating and deleting metadata stored by Europeana and deals with issues such as liability and removal of data at the request of third parties. 2. The Creative Commons Zero Universal Public Domain Dedication (CC0 waiver). The CC0 waiver is a legal tool that has been developed by Creative Commons for making data available without restrictions on re-use. This means that anyone can use the metadata published by Europeana for any purpose without any restrictions whatsoever. 3. The Europeana Data Use Guidelines. These guidelines make best practice requests to users of the metadata. The Data Use Guidelines deal with issues like attribution and Data integrity. 4. The Europeana terms for user contributions. These terms apply to end users who contribute content to Europeana, so that Europeana can use content provided by its users and integrate it with other Europeana-held content and data. 5. The EDM rights field of the Europeana Data Model. The Europeana Data Model Specifies how data needs to be formatted so that Europeana can use it. This specification includes rights information relating to digital objects that are made available via Europeana.
  • Any questions? This poster by an unknown artist is courtesy of the Municipal Library of Lyon The work is in the public domain
  • Europeana and Open Data at the Hague Open Data Meetup

    1. 1. Open (meta)Data and Open Content in Europeana Open Data Meetup #4, 2013-02-19
    2. 2. This is meHi,I’m David Haskiya and I’m the ProductDeveloper at Europeana.So what does that mean? It means that Itranslate between GLAM-speak andDevelopment speak to make sure our websites and other technical tools deliver valueto our users.One of our products I work with is our API.And the API really needs Open Data!/DavidPS. GLAM=Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. DS.
    3. 3. What I hope you’ll be able to take away Some basic info about Europeana An overview of our Open Data (metadata and media) And why we like Open! An introduction to our API A quick Q&A
    4. 4. What is Europeana?
    5. 5. Europe’s cultural heritage portal  26m records from 2,200 European galleries, museums, archives and libraries  Books, newspapers, journals, letters, diaries, archival papers...  Paintings, maps, drawings, photographs…  Music, spoken word, radio broadcasts…  Film, newsreels, television…  Curated exhibitions  31 languages
    6. 6. What makes up a Europeana record?Thumbnail/preview Metadata Link to digital objects online
    7. 7. Not only a portal, but also an API! What’s in the portal is also available in the API
    8. 8. Open (meta)Data and Open Content
    9. 9. Why Open? Because most metadata are facts and facts are not copyrightable  Titles, dates, identifiers, factual descriptions etc. Because a large proportion of cultural content is out of copyright  The creators are a lot of dead (70+ years) white guys… Because the citizen has already (in most cases) paid for it once Because our mission is to increase public access and re-use and Open Data, Open Content and Open Access facilitates that  Tip: Use CC-BY-SA if you have in copyright content that you don’t want others to exclusively commercially re-use
    10. 10. All metadata Open, some content Open All the metadata (descriptions of media objects) is CC0 and so free for any reuse Media objects individually licenced or marked as being in the Public Domain  Must only be reused according to its licence  Not all Europeana objects have an explicit licence but we’re working to gradually improve that Check out our Terms of Use&Policies And read our Licensing Framework in full (PDF)
    11. 11. The media object licence in displayClick thislicence badge!  And if you’re using the API this licence can be found in the field europeana:rights (API v.1) or edm:rights (API v.2)
    12. 12. Current licence distribution in Europeana  We’ve launched a rights labelling campaign to improve this!
    13. 13. The Europeana Licensing Framework The Framework consists of: Europeana Data Exchange Agreement Creative Commons Zero Universal Public Domain Dedication (CC0 waiver) for metadata Europeana Data Use Guidelines Europeana Terms for User Contributions EDM:rights field of the Europeana Data Model for content/media These elements ensure all data can be aggregated and freely re-used.
    14. 14. The Europeana API
    15. 15. Not only a portal, but also an API! What’s in the portal is also available in the API
    16. 16. The Europeana API API v.1 in production since early 2011 API v.2 to be released in March but is already in beta • Sign-up and get started with your implementation • When released API v.1 will be supported but won’t be developed further API v.2 allows a developer to programmatically access all search and retrieval functions available in the portal Our latest (API2) partner implementation is from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) search service OpenAGRIS  Search e.g. for pesticides or olea europaea (latin for olive tree) The API allows our partners and third parties to build specialized applications using all or selections of our functionality and content  And in so doing they can adapt Europeana content to their user’s needs and requirements. As FAO has done.
    17. 17. Thank you for your attention! Questions?
    18. 18. Find out about our API services Europeana portal • New portal and API preview • API v.2 console • API v.2 sign-up Europeana Professional • API pages • API case studies • Professional blog Europeana Linked Open Data Follow us on Twitter Or on Linked In