[open-heritage] [open-bibliography] Europeana opens up data on 20 million cultural items

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Wed Sep 12 17:36:14 UTC 2012

Good point Tom. I think the question is less whether or not the data
is released under CC0 (which it clearly is) and more whether it is
compliant with OpenDefinition.org - particularly point 4., "Absence of
Technological Restriction". Let's see what happens next week.


On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM, Joris Pekel
<okfn.joris.pekel at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hi Tom,
> I understand your concerns and we have been debating these as well with
> Europeana. It will probably not answer all your questions, but here is some
> additional info:
> - All of Europeana's metadata will be available as bulk download under the
> CC0-waiver. This will be officially released in October on the datasets
> page.  At the OKFest some of these will already be available to hack on.
> - The API has a key on it yes. The API is being renewed however. When the
> new API is released (which is also available next week at OKFest) there will
> be far less restrictions and anybody can make use of a the API, in that
> sense I do not see a problem in having a key.
> It is now up to the dev community to experiment with the possibilities of
> this CC0 release.  I personally think this is a great achievement for open
> cultural data and will push more institutions towards opening up their data!
> Best,
> Joris
> 2012/9/12 Tom Morris <tfmorris at gmail.com>
>> On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org>
>> wrote:
>> > FYI I just posted a brief piece on the Guardian Datablog about the
>> > significance of today's big release of CC0 data from Europeana:
>> >
>> > https://twitter.com/jwyg/status/245847476899295233
>> >
>> > http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/sep/12/europeana-cultural-heritage-library-europe
>> That's great news, but is it really CC0 if it's behind an API with
>> Terms of Service use restrictions?  Is there a bulk download available
>> somewhere?
>> How does this data relate to the individual downloads made available
>> last year at http://pro.europeana.eu/web/guest/datasets ?  It doesn't
>> look like those have been updated since then, but are they now covered
>> by the CC0 license as well?
>> For those who want to short circuit the multiple levels of
>> clickthrough required, here are some links:
>> API registration form: http://pro.europeana.eu/web/guest/registration
>> Terms of Use: http://www.europeana.eu/portal/rights/api-terms-of-use.html
>> Tom
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