Linked Open Data is a way of publishing structured data that allows metadata to be connected and enriched, so that different representations of the same content can be found, and links made between related resources.
The metadata for all the objects in the Europeana portal is open, in that it is all licensed under the CC0 Public Domain Dedication under the terms of the Data Exchange Agreement (DEA), and can be freely downloaded via the API.
data.europeana.eu started as an experimental pilot in February 2012 with a small number of data providers who committed at an early stage to Europeana's initiative of promoting more open data. The project has been described in a paper presented at the Dublin Core 2011 conference.In October 2012, a large subset of the Europeana’s dataset (metadata on 20 million texts, images, videos and sounds) was transformed into linked data and made available from data.europeana.eu.
The data is represented in the Europeana Data Model (EDM). The described resources are each addressable and dereferenceable by their URIs; for instance, http://data.europeana.eu/item/92056/BibliographicResource_1000093324568 leads either to an HTML page on the Europeana portal for the object it identifies or to raw, machine-processable data on this object. Please see the technical details and the animation above for background on our motivation.
All Europeana datasets can be explored and queried through an SPARQL endpoint provided by Ontotext at europeana.ontotext.com
If you have any questions or feedback, contact us on the Europeana LOD group