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Swedish Open Cultural Heritage

Swedish Open Cultural Heritage (SOCH) is a metadata aggregator and web service for cultural heritage institutions in Sweden, and contains monuments, buildings, museum collections etc from the Paleolithic to the present day.

SOCH contains over 5 million database objects from around 40 heritage institutions (as of January 2014). Only metadata is indexed – all objects link back to a permanent URI at the source institution with their full record.

Used In Anger

Examples can be found here (in Swedish).

Technical Details

API documentation

Using the API requires an API key which can be obtained by e-mailing

Dataset Size

More than 5 million database objects (as of January 2014)


All metadata is CC0. Metadata includes licensing information for the main record.

Contact information


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