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CoGhent distributes city collections under the EUPL license

EUPL for CoGhent

Published on: 18/09/2023 Last update: 22/09/2023 News

Ghent is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province, and the third largest in the country, exceeded in size only by Brussels and Antwerp. It is a port and university city.

Much of the city's medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored. It houses three "béguinages", recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, numerous churches and important museums: the Museum of Fine Arts, with paintings by Hieronymus Bosch,,Peter Paul Rubens and many Flemish masters; the SMAK (City Museum for Contemporary Art), with works of the 20th century, including Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol; and the Design Museum Gent with masterpieces of Victor Horta and Le Corbusier.

For distributing CoGhent (Collections of Ghent), the City, its museums and archives have collaborated with partners from the corporate, cultural, and academic world to digitize an invaluable collection of more-or-less 80,000 objects, stories and documents. This collected heritage converged in the CoGent-box, an immersive, high-tech and mobile experience room. The CoGent box went on tour in three neighbourhoods of Ghent. Visitors were able to participate by adding personal stories about the cultural heritage displayed in the CoGent box. Next to that a cultural data lab and a co-creation fund were initiated to stimulate reuse of cultural heritage on many different levels. 

Source code, API’s and documentation can be found on the GitHub of Stad Ghent.
All applications are available as open source repositories, where all the open code of the CoGhent system is stored. CoGhent software is licensed under the European Union Public Licence (EUPL v1.2)

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Video about the “Collections of Ghent” project, here

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