On the 2nd and 3rd of March in Hilversum (Netherlands) first hackaton organized by Europeana took place. Hackaton is an informal workshop to show (in this case) possibilities of Europeana API usage. During two days developers had opportunity to create an interesting projects – sketches, prototypes or even complete applications. Workshop was held in the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Beeld en Geluid).
Europeana OpenSearch API allows to build applications that can search and display Europeana collections metadata. You can search for objects and filter search results using any metadata fields. For each element from search result you can get full metadata record in a ESE format.
Projects focused on such themes as CMS integration, data visualization or web feeds. Marcin Mielnicki from PSNC build a service that provides Media RSS feed generated from search query. It can be used to present search results using, for example, Coolisis media browser. The meeting ended with a presentation of ideas and prototypes and the best of them were awarded. Outcomes are for for non-commercial usage and will be promoted by Europeana.
Here are photos from the meeting.
On the 28th of February Europeana published its API, compatible with the OpenSearch standard. With such API external applications and Internet services can search in the information aggregated in Europeana and use such search results outside of it. Work on the Europeana API was carried out for the last few months, and in the second half of 2010, after the Europeana Open Culture conference, The Europeana Foundation began cooperation with institutions interested in testing the API and in the development of pilot applications. Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center was one of such institutions.
As a part of the Europeana API pilot program, PSNC developed two components:
More information about the Europeana API can be found on the Europeana website. Besides technical information there is also a gallery of applications using the API. Information about components developed by PSNC is also there.
We encourage all interested in the use of the Europeana OpenSearch API to give it a try and recommend the post in which we describe our experiences with it. We would also like to remind you, that the Digital Libraries Federation also has a similar interface. It is publicly available and its documentation is published on the DLF website.