Data services & APIs

KB data are available for research and other purposes. Digital illustrations, metadata and texts can often be made available through an API (Application Programming Interface) using SRU or OAI-PMH. You can apply our data for new research, web applications and other services.

Open data sets

The following data sets may be used freely:

CC-BY-NC-ND data set

The following data set may be used under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence:

Please send us an e-mail at if you use any of the data sets. We are keen to know about any applications or research findings based on our data sets. Your information will help us further develop our data services.

Our data sets are also available via Open Cultuur Data,,,Wikipedia, NARCIS en

Other data sets

In addition to these, we have other interesting data sets:

We hope to make these and other data sets available as freely as possible in due course.

Data sets for research

For academic research purposes it is often possible to use data sets that are not yet freely available. Please contact us at .

Some applications of KB data

Name Short description Data set(s) used
PoliticalMashup PoliticalMashup enables searching large quantities of political data. (see Case study - PDF) Staten-Generaal Digitaal
Europeana Europeana contains a few KB data sets. Early Dutch Books Online
Memory of the Netherlands
Alba Amicorum
Polimedia Polimedia enables comparison of political debates in various media. Historische Kranten
ANP Radiobulletins Digitaal
Sport- en Kennisplein Sport- en Kennisplein includes a number of KB data sets on sports. Historical Newspapers
Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen Het Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen contains more WWII newspapers than our Historical Newspapers set. Historical Newspapers
Memory of the Netherlands

Contact information

Contact our Digital Humanities team at .