Are you one of the art his­to­ri­ans and data-sci­en­tists tak­ing part in the Cod­ing Dür­er hackathon? Do you want to know what Euro­peana offers for research? Like the organ­is­ers of Cod­ing Dür­er, we believe that dig­i­tized cul­tur­al her­itage con­tent has huge poten­tial for dig­i­tal human­i­ties and mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary research.

Euro­peana offers the hackathon par­tic­i­pants access to more than 54 mil­lion digi­tised items and relat­ed meta­da­ta from more than 3500 of Europe’s gal­leries, muse­ums, archives and libraries. Euro­peana Art is our ded­i­cat­ed the­mat­ic col­lec­tion designed to pro­mote dis­cov­ery of Europe’s art. Here you can browse 1.4m objects, get inspired by spe­cial­ly curat­ed edi­to­r­i­al fea­tures and search by top­ic, artist, muse­um and colour. Encour­ag­ing peo­ple to give new life and mean­ing to our re-usable con­tent — cur­rent­ly 20.8m records in our entire col­lec­tion — is one of the ways we can har­ness the full val­ue of cul­tur­al heritage.

On Euro­peana Labs you can access a range of resources and ser­vices to help you get work­ing with our cul­tur­al col­lec­tions as quick­ly and as eas­i­ly as pos­si­ble. There, you can find a show­case of tools and appli­ca­tions built using the Euro­peana API and a series of open­ly licensed datasets fea­tur­ing the best free-to-re-use Euro­peana con­tent. We have made avail­able four Euro­peana APIs — all are free to access and use after a sim­ple reg­is­tra­tion process. The REST API is the most fre­quent­ly used — it enables users to fil­ter records by a vari­ety of data fields, from date and cre­ator, to media type and size. The Euro­peana Linked Open Data ser­vice allows you to explore, access, and down­load meta­da­ta through our SPARQL end­point. With the Euro­peana OAI-PMH ser­vice, users can har­vest the entire­ty, or a selec­tion of all Euro­peana meta­da­ta. Final­ly, the Euro­peana Anno­ta­tions API allows users to gen­er­ate, update, and retrieve anno­ta­tions for objects in our collections.

Your use of Europeana data does not have to stop at Coding Dürer

On our plat­form you can also find fund­ing and ser­vices to sup­port cre­ative, edu­ca­tor and researcher com­mu­ni­ties to reuse Euro­peana con­tent. About twice a year we issue the Euro­peana Chal­lenge, a themed call to cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als to present their best busi­ness ideas for the re-use of Euro­peana con­tent. Out­comes are var­ied; busi­ness-ori­ent­ed or edu­ca­tion­al, social or cre­ative, but the pro­pos­als must be sus­tain­able and meet the theme (which in the past has includ­ed fash­ion, art, and World War I). In 2017 we have also launched the first Euro­peana match fund­ing call offer­ing finan­cial back­ing for pro­posed sec­ondary edu­ca­tion­al resources using Euro­peana content.

Euro­peana Research pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties for dig­i­tal human­i­ties researchers to answer a spe­cif­ic research ques­tion using Euro­peana con­tent and research datasets. The annu­al Euro­peana Research Grants pro­gramme, first launched in 2016, is designed to sup­port researchers employ­ing dig­i­tal human­i­ties tools and meth­ods to make the most of the full resources of Euro­peana (meta­da­ta, the API, etc.) to fur­ther their research. You can also become a mem­ber of Euro­peana Tech, our R&D com­mu­ni­ty with a spe­cial focus on cul­tur­al heritage.

We are pleased that the team at Cod­ing Dür­er has facil­i­tat­ed this hackathon of art his­to­ry data. We are even more thrilled that we have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to encour­age you to explore beyond inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research bound­aries with Europeana’s art data. If you use our con­tent or API, please share your progress with us on Twit­ter using @EuropeanaLabs and #Cod­ing­Dur­er. We are inter­est­ed in fea­tur­ing any promis­ing ideas or pro­to­types that come out of the Cod­ing Dür­er Hackathon on Labs — email us to show us more. For now, all the best for a pro­duc­tive and inspir­ing week at Cod­ing Dür­er — we are look­ing for­ward to see­ing the out­comes. #Allez­cul­ture!

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