Open data
Museums and Heritage Antwerp follows the open data strategy of the City of Antwerp, making all digital cultural content that is not copyrighted freely accessible.

All the media files are royalty-free. Either they fall in the public domain, which means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission, or they fall under a CC BY 4.0 license (Attribution 4.0 International). You can copy, modify, distribute and perform these media files, even for commercial purposes, but attribution is necessary. You must give appropriate credit (copy the information from the Asset creator field), provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.
The metadata is licensed with a creative commons zero license. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

If you use this media file and / or the metadata, we would appreciate it if you copied the information from the Acknowledgements field as a source reference. When used in a publication, we would like to receive a copy for our library.

Reusing individual open data media files is easy. Each media file can be downloaded in different resolutions and formats. Metadata is available in RDF / XML, JSON and Turtle.

In addition to the individual use of files, it is also possible to access the media files automatically via the API: To search the metadata, at least one of the parameters below must be added. For example gives all results where the title field contains Antwerp. The result is an xml file containing the asset ID and metadata of the media file.

Some of the available parameters:

search Search all text fields. This parameter cannot be combined with other parameters
title Search in the title field
description  Search in the description field
creator Search in the maker field
identifier Search in the identifier field (object number, brocade id, ...)
publisher Search in the publisher field
tags Search the tags
limit Limit the number of search results (maximum = 200)
offset displays the search results from a certain asset.

For example:
Result with 50 search results per page:

  • pagina 1: &limit=50
  • pagina 2: &limit=50&offset=50
  • pagina 3: &limit=50&offset=100

A zip file can be downloaded at containing the rdf files with the metadata of all digital cultural content that fall under a free license.