Europeana opens up millions of data for re-use

12 September 2012 – Today, the digital portal Europeana opens its dataset of more than 20 million cultural objects for free re-use. Anyone can use the data for any purpose – creative, educational, commercial – with no restrictions. This release, also including around 500’000 records from the European Film Gateway portal, is by far the largest one-time dedication of cultural data to the public domain using CC0. Applying the CC0 is a first step in bringing together data from Europe’s great libraries, museums, archives and film heritage institutions with data from other sectors such as tourism and broadcasting. The result could be a powerful knowledge generating engine for the 21st century.

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