Open Images (2008-2015)

Screenshot of the www.openimages.eu website.

As a project manager and concept developer at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, I researched, designed, and developed the Open Images project as part of the mass digitisation project Images for the Future. This resulted in the realisation (development by André van Toly) – coordinated by myself and Maarten Zeinstra (working at Kennisland at the time) – of the open media platform Open Images.

The Open Images online platform enables the reuse of digitised audiovisual heritage through a clever combination of open source software, open web technology, Creative Commons licenses, open video formats, and a powerful API based on the OAI-PMH open standard. This has for example resulted in massive uptake of the material in Wikipedia, reaching millions of readers every month.

You can read more about the project here.

Trivia: In 2010 Open Images received a honorable mention from the Dutch Secretary of State Marja van Blijsterveldt-Vliegenthart (Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science) as a best-practice for open video applications.

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