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 millions of cultural heritage items (from books and paintings to 3D objects and audiovisual material) that celebrate around 4,000 cultural institutions across Europe. 
If you want to see an example of our API in action, then look no further than the Europeana website.
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EXPLORE OUR APIS
Europeana REST API
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. Find the API documentation about the Europeana REST 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".'
Record API
API documentation explaining how to use the Europeana Record API. The Record API provides direct access to the Europeana data, which is modeled using the Europeana Data Model (EDM). 
Entity API
API documentation explaining how to use the Europeana Entities API. The Entities API allows you to retrieve named entities from Europeana's Entity Collection.
Annotations API
API documentation explaining how to use the Europeana Annotations API. The Annotations API allows you to create and retrieve user and machine created annotations on Europeana objects or media.
IIIF APIs
The IIIF APIs offer an alternative and complementary means to group, search and access information about the digital objects specifically tailored for the display of newspaper materials.
SPARQL
API documentation explaining how to use the SPARQL API. The SPARQL API allows you to explore connections between Europeana data and outside data sources, like VIAF, Iconclass, Getty Vocabularies (AAT), Geonames, Wikidata, and DBPedia.
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.
Harvesting and Downloads
Besides our main APIs for searching and retrieving metadata about objects, we also offer other methods for downloading and harvesting metadata from Europeana.eu that are better suited for scale.


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Europeana empowers the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation. We develop expertise, tools and policies to embrace digital change and encourage partnerships that foster innovation.
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