The API Awards took place on the 26th of September during the API World 2017, the world’s largest API conference and expo with more than 3,000 attendees. The winners were selected by the API World Advisory Board across 18+ API categories. This recognition highlights the exciting work of Europeana at the interface of technology and cultural heritage. Among hundreds of nominations, the API World advisory board selected the Europeana API based on three criteria:
- reputation in the API industry,
- recent media coverage, and
- innovativeness of the API initiatives.
APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are sets of requirements that govern how one application can talk to another and make it possible for applications to share data. The Europeana REST API allows developers to build applications that use the cultural heritage objects stored in the Europeana repository. It is open source and the code is available on GitHub. The metadata information is structured in the Europeana Data Model (EDM), an open flexible data model featuring various types of resources and relations between them, allowing anyone to search and filter on anything. It is a unique API for the cultural heritage sector that spans thousands of institutions across Europe, in several languages.
Recently, this API has supported Historiana, a digital learning platform for history educators, and the new Creative Commons Search tool which lets people search a variety of open repositories through a single interface. Check out Europeana's Apps gallery to explore more exciting examples of API implementations.
Europe's digital platform Europeana brings together more than 53 million books, paintings, films, museum objects, photographs and archival records that have been digitised by cultural institutions throughout Europe. It is supported by the EU programme Connecting Europe Facility which co-funds trans-European networks and infrastructures.
Europeana helps cultural institutions move online and reach new markets in the digital single market driving standardisation, interoperability and innovation. Europeana also promotes the creative re-use of cultural content in new, value-added products and services. For example, 155 of the pieces of art chosen by Europe’s museums, libraries and galleries to share through Europeana 280 have been made available under open licences that allow re-use, for enjoyment, or use in research, education or new designs, apps or services.