Europeana is Europe’s digital platform for cultural heritage, providing online access to over 54 million digitised items  (from books, photos, and paintings to television broadcasts and 3D objects) from over 3500 cultural institutions across Europe in 31 languages. 20.8m records allow free reuse. In Europeana Art, our dedicated thematic collection for art and art history,  you can browse 1.4m objects, search by topic, artist, or colour, and explore specially curated exhibitions.

You can access Europeana’s content either by manual download or via the Europeana APIs. We currently have four free-to-use APIs (accessible by a simple registration process) and we encourage you to register for your preferred API keys before the Coding Dürer event. The REST API is our key resource and most used API. It enables users to filter records by a wide variety of metadata fields  – from the metadata submitted by our data providers (e.g. date, creator) to the technical metadata we extract from the linked media files (e.g. image size or video duration) and the semantic enrichment from linked open vocabularies (e.g. enrichment for period, location, events, or persons). The Europeana Linked Open Data service allows you to explore, access, and download metadata through the SPARQL endpoint provided by Europeana. With the Europeana OAI-PMH service, users can harvest the entirety or a selection of, Europeana metadata. Finally, the Europeana Annotations API allows users to generate, update, and retrieve short descriptions for objects in our collections. Users can access comprehensive and regularly updated documentation on Europeana Labs and find answers to your questions on the Europeana API forum.

On Europeana Labs you can also find nearly 90 thematic datasets containing high quality, openly licensed, and directly accessible items on topics ranging from art, design, and architecture to World War I. We also showcase reuse tools and examples of games, apps, and other creations that use the Europeana API and content. We hope to add interesting and innovative outputs from Coding Dürer to this list!

Contact Nicole McNeilly if you have any questions or talk to Douglas McCarthy, Europeana Art & Photography Collections Manager, at Coding Dürer in March.






Europeana Collections

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Europeana Data Model  (EDM)