Linked Open Data

Linked Open Data is a way of publishing structured data that allows metadata to be connected and enriched, so that different representations of the same content can be found, and links made between related resources. All LOD-datasets can be explored and queried through an SPARQL endpoint. started as an experimental pilot in February 2012 with a small number of data providers who committed at an early stage to Europeana's initiative of promoting more open data. The project has been described in a paper presented at the Dublin Core 2011 conference.In October 2012, a large subset of the Europeana’s dataset (metadata on 20 million texts, images, videos and sounds) was transformed into linked data and made available from



Linked Open Data - What is it? from Europeana on Vimeo


The data is represented in the Europeana Data Model (EDM). The described resources are each addressable and dereferenceable by their URIs; for instance, leads either to an HTML page on the Europeana portal for the object it identifies or to raw, machine-processable data on this object. Please see the technical details and the animation above for background on our motivation.

All Europeana datasets can be explored and queried through an SPARQL endpoint provided by Ontotext at

If you have any questions or feedback, contact us on the Europeana LOD group