Data sharing

Here at Culture24 we’ve been collecting and publishing information from and about UK museums, galleries, archives and other cultural venues for over ten years.

Our database is one of the most comprehensive data sets of its kind in the UK, packed with all you would ever need to know about places to go, the latest listings, top-notch resources and lots more.

Supporting the information coming directly from thousands of venues (inputted themselves using our free, simple online DDE system) is a rich stream of our own editorial – news, features and reviews, updated daily. A total of 24,000 records, and growing!

We’ve decided it’s time to begin sharing this data via a range of feeds to let it do its own thing on the web. We want to see how other people – partners, publishers, you – make use of it. Most of all, we believe that by sharing it as openly as we can, more people will get a chance to see it and appreciate the richness and magic of the UK’s fabulous cultural venues.

What’s on offer? We currently share a bit of everything in our database – whether it has come from venues directly via our DDE (Direct data entry) system or has been written by Culture24 staff or volunteers.

The data consists of geolocated, subject-tagged and sometimes curriculum-tagged information about over 5000 cultural venues around the UK – museums, galleries, heritage sites, archives, historic houses, science centres and others.

It includes details on each venue’s location, facilities, services and collections, as well as their listings, events, exhibitions and resources. Added to this is Culture24’s own editorial content.

Here’s where to find out more: 

Data sharing – technical overview (including info on RESTful API and RSS feeds)
SOAP access to Culture24 data
OAI-PMH access to Culture24 data

Terms and conditions for Culture24 data sharing

Want your data to be part of the offer? If you work for a cultural organisation and don’t yet enter your information into the Culture24 DDE database or can’t find your log-in details here’s how to get started.

This is very much a pilot project – we’re feeling our way with formats, licences and levels of access so we welcome any feedback, ideas and questions to: anra@culture24.org.uk.

Campaign support

There are many ways in which Culture24 can support national, local and regional campaigns. These include – communication with the cultural sector; editorial commissions; event registrations and aggregation and data sharing.

Sector communications: Our monthly network newsletter goes out to over 4,000 cultural sector professionals. We can include brief features and links about your campaign or marketing initiative to tell museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites about upcoming campaigns.

Editorial: Our team of qualified journalists can write news, features, interviews and other articles about your campaign. We can develop a range of editorial formats and responses and ahre them on a rnage of social networks.

Event registration: Our database can be used to register and aggregate events, exhibitions or resources, which can be tagged to your campaign title and then shared through RSS, SOAP or OAI feeds. These listings can be used to populate your website.

Datasharing: At Culture24 we’ve been collecting and publishing information from and about UK museums, galleries, archives and other cultural venues for over ten years. Our database is packed with all you would ever need to know about places to go, the latest listings, top-notch resources and lots more.

Cost of campaign support: Our charges vary according to the scale and nature of your campaign and your organisation. As we use our existing aggregation and publishing infrastructure we are able to support arts and heritage-related initiatives at extremely competitive rates.

Some examples of campaigns and initiatives we support:

BBC’s Things to Do

Museums at Night

www.1914.org

Past campaigns include: Their Past Your Future, Parliament Week 2012, Cultural Olympiad, Engaging Places, Festival of British Archaeology and Understanding British Portraits Network