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Interpol Stolen Works of Art Database

Interpol, the international policing organisation, maintain a database of stolen works of art. This is accessible to law enforcement and also some data is openly accessible on their site.

Their site exists partly to raise awareness, and also states that:

We encourage not only police, but also art and antiques dealers and owners of works of art to play an active role in the exchange of information. This combined action will strengthen our efforts to curb the erosion of our cultural heritage.

Publicly accessible views on the data are:

A single entry contains basic data to help identify the work of art, and an image

Example entry from: http://www.interpol.int/Works-of-art/(woa_id)/1174650

Title:  AUTUMN SCENE
Type:   PAINTING / MODERN / FIGURATIVE / EXTERIOR SCENE WITHOUT FIGURE
Artist(s):  GALENTZ
Technics:   PAINTING / OIL
Height: 30.48 cm
Width:  35.56 cm
Signature state:    WITH SIGNATURE
Materials:  CANVAS/COTTON/FABRIC/LINEN

Case happened in:   United states
Folder: 2013/43086-1.7

More information about the impact of trafficking in cultural properties is available in the Interpol FAQ.

Used In Anger

We haven't found any examples yet: let us know if you've made something.

Technical Details

It is possible to apply for access to the database, but this largely looks like a scraping job if you wanted to attempt to work with it. The images are certainly copyright, and well, you know, Interpol, right?

The non-public-web access to the database seems to be delivered over a specially encrypted police network.

Dataset Size

40,000+ in the full database, but a limited amount of data is exposed through the site

Licensing

Does not appear to be open data.

Contact information

Contact Form: http://www.interpol.int/Forms/WorksOfArt

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