Introduction

This is the Fitzwilliam Museum's Data Services server.
If you were looking for our collections search online, try Collections Explorer.
These services are designed to provide technical and machine oriented, search & reference, interfaces to our collections data.

Available Entities

Collection Objects

Collection Objects identified by a unique identifier number, e.g.
http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/656
Formats available: html, xml, json

For more detailed information choose the 'Collection Objects' tab from above.

CIDOC CRM Entities

The CIDOC CRM entities as identified by thier unique identifier names in version 5.0.4
e.g. http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/cidoc-crm/E10.Transfer_of_Custody
Formats available: html
We only host these to provide valid links within our other data (e.g. SPARQL).

Licences

Licences identified by a unique identifier name, those available currently:
http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/licence/cc-0
http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/licence/cc-by-nc
http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/licence/cc-by-sa
http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/licence/cc-by-nc-nd
Formats available: html

Available Services

We currently provide the following services:
OAI-PMH
SPARQL
Application Programming Interface (API)

Fitzwilliam Museum Collection Objects Data

The Fitzwilliam Museum has been steadily expanding the number of object records available in its online catalogue since 2001. As of 2012 there are over 170,000 records that can be accessed through the Fitzwilliam's Collections Explorer.

We are now making available some of the data in these records as part of an open data service aimed at furthering learning, understanding and research. It is hoped that this will enable new applications and services to be built using collections data from the Fitzwilliam and elsewhere, as well as encourage new connections to be made across different objects and collections.

What is available?

There are two levels of data available, defined by the level of detail and the licence associated with each. These are:

1. Basic record data

In the case of object records (we may add data from other types of record in the future) this consists of outline data. It is not a full catalogue entry but enough data to identify the object and assist in resource discovery. Not all objects have data in all the fields listed here. The object fields include:
• Object category (type)
• Object name (sub-type)
• Title
• Maker / maker dates
• Production place
• Production date
• Technique
• Materials
• Object reference number
• Source collection

Licence
The basic record data is dedicated to the public domain under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
See Licence and Guidelines here.

How do I get it?
OAI-PMH service
• Application Programming Interface (API) service


2. Extended record data

This includes additional information for objects, collections and other resources.

Licence
Extended record data from the Fitzwilliam Museum is licenced as Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA).
See Licence and Guidelines here.

How do I get it?
• SPARQL service
• Application Programming Interface (API) service

Images

Although image files are referenced in some of the data sets, they are not made available under the same licence terms.
The images referenced are low resolution (up to a maximum of 1024 pixels in either direction) and are licenced under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs licence.
This means that although you are free to download them, they must not be adapted, must not be used for commercial purposes and attribution must be made to the Fitzwilliam Museum. For other uses please contact the Museum's Image Library.

This licence applies only to images in which there are no third party rights, and does not apply for example to images of works which are still within copyright.



We gratefully acknowledge support
during initial development
of these services through the:

Open Book Project

Permanent Identifiers

For open data systems to function well there is a need for permanent URL based identifiers for different types of entities.

Our permanent identifiers will always 'live' on this server and be available via the generic scheme:
http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/entity/identifier[.format]

One thing of importance to note is that permanent identifiers are not content/data in themselves - they are simply 'handlers' which will re-direct you to the resource you have asked for.

Example:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/2811.html
Here you are 'saying' give me object number 2811 in html format

And as the default format is assumed to be html then the following is equivalent to the above:
http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/2811

You will notice that by making that request you end up at:
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/explorer/index.php?oid=2811
and that is because this is the html representation of the object that you have asked for.

You can also ask for the same data in, say, XML format, e.g.
http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/2811.xml

The UK Government guidelines are a very useful resource when considering permanent identifiers & their URI designs.



We gratefully acknowledge support
during initial development
of these services through the:

Open Book Project

SPARQL

The SPARQL and RDF Query Language (SPARQL) end point here provides access to triples containing information about our object records.

The RDF data model is implemented with a mapping that uses the CIDOC-CRM, a conceptual reference model designed to describe concepts, properties and procedures used in cultural heritage and to assist linking of data from different sources.

This is a Beta release and we would encourage any community feedback on this implementation.

Licence

This extended record data from the Fitzwilliam Museum is licenced as Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA).
See Licence and Guidelines here.

Service Location

The SPARQL machine end point is available at:
http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/beta/sparql/

A very simple HTML test interface is provided.





We gratefully acknowledge support
during initial development
of these services through the:

Open Book Project

Application Programming Interface (API)

This is the initial implementation of our RESTful based Application Programming Interface (API), returning JSON responses.

For usage and background information please consult the API documentation.





API-PMH

This is a test instance an API-PMH server.

For usage and background information please consult the proposal documentation.

This is beta - and it should *not* be used in production.

If you receive 'Service Temporarily Unavailable' repsonses the test server is not currently running

Very simple starting examples





Contacts

For image rights/licensing enquiries: Image Library

For collections enquiries: Documentation Office

For technical enquiries: IT Office

for all other Fitzwilliam Museum contact details...