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Open Images

Video about the project Open Images.


Open Images is an open media platform that offers online access to audiovisual archive material to stimulate creative reuse. Footage from these audiovisual collections can be remixed into new works. Subsequently, users of Open Images have the opportunity to add their new material to the platform, thus expanding the archive.

Open Images contains over 2,000 Polygoon items from the Sound and Vision archives. Apart from the collection of Sound and Vision, Open Images hosts dedicated portals for open media made available by renowned organisations like the University of Amsterdam, the EYE Film Institute and the Dutch public broadcaster VPRO. The collection of reusable material will continue to grow with new contributions on a regular basis.

The access to the material on Open Images is based on the Creative Commons licensing model. Creative Commons offers creators the freedom to manage their copyrights flexibly and make their works available for others in the way they choose. This “open” nature is also extended to the technique of the platform by adapting open formats, standards and open software components. Open Images also has an API, that developers can use to build new applications, and that makes reuse of the content on other platforms like Wikipedia and Europeana very simple.

Open Images is an initiative of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Kennisland.



Direction, editing and audio: Sebastiaan ter Burg.

This video was produced by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Kennisland, as part of the large-scale digitisation project Images for the Future.

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision safeguards more than 800.000 hours of television, radio, music and film from 1898 to today, and collects, preserves and opens this audiovisual heritage for as many users as possible: media professionals, education, science and the general public. Kennisland works on social innovation, gives advice and develops solutions for the issues that crop up during the transformation to a stronger knowledge society. Sound and Vision and Kennisland are both partners in Images for the Future, a large-scale digitisation project in which four organisations have a large part of the audiovisual heritage of the Netherland through preservation and digitisation. The digitised materials are made as broadly available as possible for education and the general public.

Sebastiaan ter Burg (director, editor, audio) / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (producer)
Publication date:
4 July 2013


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Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid