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Koninklijke Bibliotheek WLIC API

The dataset "Watermarks in Incunabula printed in the Low Countries" (WILC) offers access to over 16,000 watermarks from books printed between 1450 and 1501 (incunabula) in the Low Countries (today the Netherlands and Belgium).

The WILC set comprises 16,071 illustrations of watermarks taken from the 2,229 incunabula editions preserved in 14,300 copies worldwide (many of them in more than one copy). The set includes watermarks from books held in libraries, archives and museums all over the world.

The strength of the set is the huge quantity of illustrations, all of which have detailed descriptive metadata. The addition of four geographical coordinates (longitude and latitude of the places of manufacture and preservation) allows the set to be used in various ways.

The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) offers this as open data: there are CC0 licence for both the metadata and the objects (illustrations of watermarks). Access via SRU and OAI-PMH protocols.

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Koninklijke Bibliotheek WLIC: Highlights

Summary
16,000 watermarks in books from the Netherlands and Belgium 1450-1501 (open dataset)
Category
Education
Tags
Protocols
SRU, OAI-PMH
Data Formats
XML
API home
http://kb.nl/en/data-services-apis/watermarks ... 

Koninklijke Bibliotheek WLIC: Specifications

Functionality

Client Install Required
No  
Service Endpoint
http://jsru.kb.nl/sru/sru?version=1.2&

Signup and Licensing

Signup Requirements
none  
Developer Key Required
No  
Account Required
No  
Commercial Licensing
No  
Provider
www.kb.nl  
Non-Commercial Lic.
Yes  
Data Licensing
Images and metadata are CC0-licensed  
Usage Fees
 
Program Fees
 
Certification Program
 
Usage Limits
 
Terms of Service
kb.nl/en/data-services-apis/watermarks-in-incunabu... 

Security

Authentication Model
 
SSL Support
No 
Read-only Without Login
Yes 

Support

Vendor API Kits
 
Community API Kits
 
API Blog
 
Site Blog
 
API Forum
 
Developer Support
 
Console URL
 

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