5 thoughts on “Europeana releases 20 million records into the public domain using CC0”

  1. Congratulations to those involved in Europeana for publishing metadata “without any restrictions on re-use”, and to CC for developing the enabling tool: the Public Domain Mark (with the wonderful objective of promoting a “vibrant, healthy public domain”).

    I hope that Neelie Kroes will now move the focus of her attention from Europe’s rich cultural heritage to the present and to the future. A good next step would be initiatives to cajole Europe’s public service broadcasters into publishing metadata (including programme listings and data on content that they make available online) “without any restrictions on re-use”. European citizens pay for public service broadcasting, but do not have open access and unrestricted re-use rights to the metadata needed to discover, share and add value to the cultural goods that are produced on their behalf.

    Good luck Neelie and CC.

    – Colin Moorcraft

  2. Now, per the Europeana Terms of Use , “all metadata (textual information on digitised cultural heritage) on the site are published without any restrictions on re-use.” The public domain data can be useful for cultural institutions, researchers, and application developers.
    Cool! That so many information can check.

  3. I don’t think it is true to speak of this release as “the largest one-time dedication of cultural data to the public domain using CC0”.

    In December 2011 the German Library Networks BVB and KOBV released 23 Million descriptions of bibliographic documents (as RDF and MARC/XML) under CC0, see http://openbiblio.net/2011/12/08/bvb-kobv-open-data/

    In January, at least the German Creative Commons blog wrote about it (http://de.creativecommons.org/2012/01/16/deutsche-bibliotheken-stellen-uber-23-millionen-metadatensatze-in-xml-unter-cczero/) but it obviously went unnoticed by the author of this post.

  4. Adrian,once people have access, there should be some really interesting things stemming from all this.Glad to hear other cultural organizations have done it!

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