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Democratising the Rijksmuseum

27 August 2014

’There is not a single physical space where all our heritage can be shown, but on the internet you can.’ Lizzy Jongma

In 2011, the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands started releasing images of public domain works online. In 2013, these were all made available in the highest resolution possible, without any copyright restrictions. In this paper, the different steps taken during this process are described, along with the consequent results.