“WITHCulture is a platform that provides access to digital cultural heritage items from different repositories and offers a number of added-value services for the creative reuse and intelligent exploitation of that content.”

  1. “API MASHUP – The platform mashups APIs from different digital CH resources, such as Europeana, the Digital Public Library of America, Rijksmuseum, the British Library, National Library of Australia, YouTube, Historypin etc, and provides a single powerful new service, which gives access to a huge set of heterogeneous items (images, videos, different metadata schemata etc). WITH supports a variety of different data models (e.g., EDM, LIDO etc) and formats (e.g. XML, JSON-LD), and resolves interoperability issues by performing automatic mappings in the backend. Third-party ICT developers who wish to build new applications can benefit from the access to resources and the added-value search and collection management functionalities exposed via the powerful WITH API (api.withculture.eu/assets/developers-lite.html).
  2. FACETED SEARCH AND NAVIGATION – The User Interface offers federated and faceted search services, which enable the user to explore digital CH by applying multiple search criteria in different combinations, e.g., a user may wish to search for items from certain providers of type image with certain rights etc. The user can navigate through the results via different presentation views and retrieve more information about items of interest. For items stored in the WITH platform, full-text indexing is performed so as to support queries which can include words, phrases as well as multiple forms of a word or phrase.
  3. COLLECTION MANAGEMENT – Via a personal workspace, users can aggregate and organise different types of cultural resources collected from external resources or uploaded by themselves and create their own collections and exhibitions using different presentation views. Users can annotate/tag cultural items and link them with external vocabularies and thesauri. The UI supports collaborative work and interactions between users so that they can create new stories together, share their creations with other users or user groups, like and comment other users’ collections, form teams etc.
  4. CUSTOM WEB SPACES – The WITHCulture template-based web space editor enables interested stakeholders to design and host custom web spaces in order to promote their organisation and content and engage with users. Through a user-friendly interface, stakeholders can set-up their own web space based on existing templates which offer a common structure and allow customisation with respect to a number of parameters, such as presentation features like color and theme and banners. This way, stakeholders can create ad hoc web spaces which contain information about the involved parties and the overall theme, display their cultural content organised in different categories and views, and allow different ways of interaction with the end user (e.g. users can re-use the provided content, comment and share etc).”


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