Our APIs

If you think APIs are just a way of integrating tools and apps, then think again. They can help us to work closer together in research, education and the creative industries than ever before. Now, APIs have the power to transform the world with culture.  

Europeana APIs allow you to build applications that use the wealth of our collections drawn from the major museums and galleries across Europe. Their scope includes over 50 million cultural heritage items (from books and paintings to 3D objects and audiovisual material) that celebrate over 3,500 cultural institutions across Europe. 

If you want to see an example of our API in action, then look no further than our main website, Europeana Collections.

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Introduction to Europeana APIs

Introduction to Europeana APIs

The Europeana REST API allows you to build applications that use the wealth of our collections drawn from the major museums and galleries across Europe.

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Search API

Search API

The Search API provides a way to search for metadata records and media on the Europeana repository, for instance give me all results for the word "Vermeer".

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Record API

Record API

The Record API provides direct access to the Europeana data, which is modeled using EDM.

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Entity API

Entity API

The Entities API allows you to retrieve named entities from Europeana's Entity Collection.

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Annotations API

Annotations API

The Annotations API allows you to create and retrieve user- and machine created annotations on Europeana objects or media.

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SPARQL

SPARQL

The SPARQL API is different from the other Europeana APIs in that it allows you to explore connections between Europeana data and outside data sources, like VIAF, Iconclass, Getty Vocabularies (AAT), Geonames, Wikidata, and DBPedia.

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OAI-PMH Service

OAI-PMH Service

The Europeana OAI-PMH Service allows you to harvest metadata using Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH v2).

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Linked Open Data

Linked Open Data

Linked Open Data is a way of publishing structured data that allows metadata to be connected and enriched and links made between related resources.

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