Open data

Museums provide their users access to a wealth of cultural heritage objects either by exhibiting them, or by presenting them via digital channels. Many of these cultural objects, their digital copies and parts of the accrued metadata are subject to concerns such as copyright and intellectual property rights, confidentiality, security and privacy. To protect the concerns related to cultural heritage objects, museums will implement a balanced policy governing access to these cultural resources.

The Flemish Art Collection complements these policies with a series of open access and open data initiatives to enhance digital access to knowledge about the cultural heritage collections preserved by the museums.

What does "open" mean?

“Open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose.”

The Flemish Art Collection leverages the Creative Commons licensing framework to govern access to metadata published via the Dashboard.

  • All metadata (with the exceptions listed below) are made available via this platform contain no indication of originality and therefore belong to the public domain. You can thus freely use this information. This website publishes this data under a Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license to make this explicitly clear.
  • All texts used on this website were made available under the Creative Commons license CC-BY or CC-BY-NC.

CC-BY means that the text can be re-used with a mention of the name of the author (if available) and the source (Dashboard, Publisher Flemish Art Collection vzw, date).

CC-BY-NC means that you can re-use the text under the same condition as with CC-BY, but only for non-commercial re-use. Any commercial re-use is forbidden.

Some parts of an object record may contain an element of orginality. The values stored in the field "short description" are made available under the CC-BY-NC license.

Layered licensing model

To disseminate metadata under the terms established by the Creative Commons licensing framework, the Flemish Art Collection closely cooperates with its museal partners. The guiding principles which govern the process of clearing data and metadata for publication under these terms, are consolidated in a decision making matrix: a Layered Licensing Model.

We refer to the legal notification page for more details.