The Fitzwiliam Museum in Cambridge has a collection of antiquities, decorative applied arts, coins and medals, manuscripts and rate books, paintings, drawings and prints - including Rembrandt etchings and handwritten music by Handel.
The museum has released its collection data - object data, basic record ('tombstone') and extended record data. It includes images under a variety of licenses.
Basic data is an outline - enough to identify the object. See this record for a Monet Painting http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/oai/?verb=GetRecord&identifier=oai:data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk:object-2811&metadataPrefix=pnds_dc
The data set has around 170,000 records.
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The collection data is available over an API returning JSON. There's documentation available, with some simple examples.
Extended records are available over a SPARQL service.
The SPARQL data is referenced using the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) which "provides definitions and a formal structure for describing the implicit and explicit concepts and relationships used in cultural heritage documentation." So that's nice. They provide a beta in-browser test interface.
170,000 records, many including thumbnail images.
Basic Data is CC0, extended records are CC-BY-SA. Low-res or PD images are under CC license, high res or in copyright are case-by-case clearable through the museum. Some images are under a retired No Derivatives CC license version: so, no collages, remixes or fiddling around with them!
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