December 19, 2014

Europeana’s First iPad App Goes Live, Provides Access to 350,000 Hand-Picked Images

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The app (iPad only) named “Europeana Open Culture” became available earlier today and contains, “hand-picked and beautiful collections from some of Europe’s top institutions…”

The app was developed by Glimworm IT during a Europeana hackathon.

“Europeana Open Culture” is a free download from the iTunes App Store.

From a Europeana Blog Post:

The app provides an easy introduction to Europe’s glorious art treasury through five specially curated themes: Maps and Plans, Treasures of Art, Treasures of the Past, Treasures of Nature and Images of the Past.

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The 350,000 images available through the app come from collections as diverse as:

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, UK
  • Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands
  • National Library of Poland
  • The Archaeological Museum, Portugal
  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Digital Library of the Spanish Ministry of Defence
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All images included are either in the public domain or are openly licensed which means they can be used for any purpose, for example in a school project or a thesis, in a presentation to your local history society, on blogs, Wikipedia, or even commercially. What’s more, Glimworm IT have released the open source code behind the app, meaning that developers can get hold of it, use it and experiment with it.
Access Source Code (via GitHub)
See Also: Full List of Contributing Collections
  • Biblioteca Virtual del Ministerio de Defensa, Spain
  • Biblioteca Valenciana Digital, Spain
  • Biblioteca Virtual del Patrimonio Bibliográfico, Spain
  • Biblioteka Narodowa, Poland
  • Catálogo Colectivo de la Red de Bibliotecas de los Archivos Estatales, Spain
  • Central Library of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Central Library of Fondo Fotográfico de la Universidad de Navarra, Spain
  • Institute of Balkan Studies and Thracology, Bulgaria
  • Museu Nacional de Arqueologia, Portugal
  • Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands
  • The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
  • University of Tartu – Museum of Geology, Estonia
  • University of Tartu – Natural History Museum, Estonia
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