May 17, 2022

Research Tools: 470,000 Images From Europeana Join the New Creative Commons Search Database

From Europeana:

The beta version of CC Search has recently integrated 470,00 images from Europeana into its database, which already incorporates artworks provided by cultural institutions and repositories from across the globe.

2017-04-20_08-26-25This variety of content includes February’s landmark release from Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as large collections of freely licensed images from 500px, Flickr, Rijksmuseum, and New York Public Library. Europeana’s new addition brings the number of searchable objects on CC Search up to 10,022,832, making Europeana its second main provider, and allowing the discovery of major works by masters of European art as well as photographs, prints, drawings, and more. More openly licensed material from Europeana will be added as CC Search continues to grow.

In this initial phase, CC Search beta focuses on images as its first media, and uses open APIs (including the Europeana API) to index the available works. Search filters allow users to search by license type, title, creator, tags, collection, and type of institution. The tool aims to provide a ‘front door to the commons,’ bringing together a multitude of collections to inspire creativity and collaboration on the web.

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Additional Resources

For more about the new CC Search (Beta) see our post from Feb. 7, 2017, Search For Creative Commons Licensed Content With New CC Search (Beta)” 

For more about the Metropolitan Museum of Art resources mentioned see our post from February 7, 2017, “Awesome! Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces Open Access Policy, CCO For Large Collection of Digital Image”

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.