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Open Image Archive

Since March 2013  our entire image archive is available on the Internet. All 60,000 images are published under open licences, about 36,000 of them in high resolution. Now you can use all our images, free of charge.

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International recognition

The release of the archive has attracted a lot of attention in the museum sector. On 18 May 2014, we proudly received a Gold Medal from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) at the Media and Technology MUSE Awards, in the brand new category Open, which was created specially for our project.

Image of the poster that was made to celebrate the Muse Awards.

At the GLAM-Wiki Conference in Haag, on April 11-12, 2015, the Europeana Foundation presented a paper about the Open Image Archive project. In the paper, "Making an impact on a small budget" the process of going open is described. The study is summarised here, on the Europeana blog.

We are also one of three Swedish contributors to the Athena Plus project, meaning that we deliver linked open data to Europeana.

Wikimedia Commons

Approximately 36 000 of our images are avalaible on Wikimedia Commons. This way we can reach a larger audience, both nationally and internationally. Our data can also be found through the museum portal Kringla and anybody can use the material for building their own applications via K-Samsök, the national aggregator for cultural heritage data.

See the images on Wikimedia Commons


Image of "the Librarian" by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.


The images are licensed with Creative Commons licenses, stating what the user can do and which information that should accompany the image.

"Frukt- och grönsakshandel" by Pieter Aertsen

Thanks to Vinnova

The Open Image Archive was made possible by financial support from Vinnova, the Swedish Innovation Agency.




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The Open Image Archive project was created and performed by the Department of Digital Resources (@DigM_LSH).

If you have any further questions regarding the project, please contact Karin Nilsson (Head of the department), either on Twitter (@karin_nilsson) or  e-mail (