Europeana usage guidelines for Metadata

These usage guidelines are based on goodwill, they are not a legal contract but Europeana requests that you follow these guidelines if you use Metadata from Europeana.

All Metadata published by Europeana is available free of restrictions under the Creative Commons Zero Public Domain Dedication

This means that you can use it for any purpose without having to give attribution.
However, Europeana requests that you actively acknowledge and give attribution to all the sources of the Metadata: the Data Providers (being a specific cultural heritage institution) as well as any Data Aggregators, including Europeana.

Give credit where credit is due.

  • Give attribution to the Data Provider and all contributing Data Aggregators, including Europeana. Aggregators perform a crucial task in collecting, storing and harmonising data so that it is more widely accessible and interoperable.
  • Make sure that others are aware of the rights status of the Europeana Metadata and are aware of these guidelines by keeping intact links to the CC0 Public Domain Dedication
  • If for technical or other reasons you cannot include all the links to all sources of the Metadata and rights information directly with the Metadata, you should consider including them separately, for example in a separate document that is distributed with the Metadata or dataset.
  • If for technical or other reasons you cannot include all the links to all sources of the Metadata and rights information, you may consider linking only to the respective Metadata source on Europeana, where all available sources and rights information can be found, including in machine readable formats.

Metadata is dynamic; consider using the Metadata via the Europeana APIs or by linking.

  • When working with Metadata obtained via Europeana be aware that this Metadata is not static, it changes. Europeana continuously updates its Metadata in order to correct mistakes and include new and additional information. For this reason the preferred ways of using Metadata published by Europeana is via the Europeana API or by linking. If you cannot proceed in this manner, at least provide a link back to the source of the data on Europeana or implement some update mechanism.

Mention your modifications of the Metadata and contribute your modified Metadata back.

  • Ensure that you do not use the Metadata in a way that suggests any official status or that the Data Provider, Aggregator or Europeana endorses you or your use of the Metadata, unless you have prior permission to do so.
  • Ensure that you do not mislead others or misrepresent the Metadata or its sources.
  • Ensure that your use of the Metadata does not breach any EC Directives or national legislation based thereon, notably concerning (but not limited to) data protection, defamation or copyright.

Please note that you use the Metadata at your own risk.

  • Europeana offers the Metadata as-is and makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning any Metadata published by Europeana.

Thank you!


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