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2 minutes to read Posted on Thursday February 18, 2016


Music heritage resources for the Europeana Challenge

Find rich, high quality reusable content on the theme of Europe's Music Heritage
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Europeana Music Collection

Europe is steeped with musical heritage and this diversity is well reflected on Europeana. Increasingly items are being made available with open licenses and direct access to media files, and new features in the Europeana Collections website and Europeana API allow users to quickly find high quality content for their projects.

Here we will explain the different ways that you can explore, uncover and access these materials.

Europeana Collections

The recently relaunched Europeana Collections website is a searchable, visual interface to the complete collection of nearly 50 million records. Browsing through individual items you can, where available, manually download original media files. A good place to start is the Europeana Music Collection which provides access to over 270,000 items, including images, text, video and of course sounds, representing nearly every European country (plus a few more from further afield). You'll also find thematic exhibitions and curated collections.

Here are some further Collections links and tips to help you:

On the left hand side of any search results page you will see extra filters that allow you to refine your search

Europeana Labs

On Europeana Labs we have a showcase of apps and creations that have been made with Europeana content. There's a special audiovisual category that contains some inspirational creations.

Europeana API

The Europeana API provides direct access for developers to the complete data available through Europeana. This allows the creation of powerful, content rich apps and services. Indeed our own website runs on the API, and all the search methods mentioned above and in use on the Collections website are available as API paramaters.

Example queries

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Need help?

Full details for the entry criteria to the 1st Europeana Challenge can be found on the Challenge page.

If you have any questions or are seeking particular content, please email