Materials for a hackathon event hosted by the Moore Institute in November, 2017

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Moore Institute

NUI Galway

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Digital collections hosted by other libraries and organisations that might be interesting to explore.


Their description

At Europeana we work with thousands of European archives, libraries and museums to share cultural heritage for enjoyment, education and research.

Europeana Collections provides access to over 50 million digitised items – books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for.

Registration (free) & API key required to access data via APIs

UCD Digital Collections

Provides a number of data service APIs:

Their description

The artworks are available through the Art & artists section of this website. We have also published the underlying collection dataset so that it may be used for research and other purposes.

The published dataset contains the ‘Concise catalogue entries’ for all wholly owned artworks in the Tate collection including the ARTIST ROOMS collection which is jointly owned with the National Galleries of Scotland. Records of items from the Tate Archive are added as they are digitised and published in the Art & artists section of the website.

Victoria & Albert Museum

Their description

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI)

Read-only API access available without an API key.

Who were the Nuns?

A Prosopographical study of the English Convents in exile 1600-1800

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Their description:

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions. Our core work includes bringing new collections and partners into DPLA, building our technology, and managing projects that further our mission through curation, education, and community building.


A listing of Irish digital humanities projects, compiled by the (no longer operational) Digital Humanities Observatory.

Their description: DRAPIer is an interactive database of Irish digital humanities projects. You can find projects of interest by searching for keywords or browsing by the facets listed on the right hand side of each page.

DRAPIer also documents the methods, formats and standards that are being used by the projects so that new projects can learn to use similar techniques, or so established projects can find related work in their field. The controlled vocabularies used by DRAPIer are based on those developed for ICT Guides and currently implemented by at the Centre for eResearch, King’s College London. Refinement of the vocabularies is ongoing, and the DHO is actively contributing to this work.

DHO: Discovery

Their description:

DHO:Discovery is Ireland’s gateway to Irish digital collections and resources. DHO:Discovery supports the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional sharing of knowledge throughout the Humanities Serving Irish Society consortium and across digital research collections of Irish interest.

New York Public Library Collections

Folger Digital Texts

Their description:

Our free, high-quality digital texts of Shakespeare’s plays start with the basics: superb source texts, meticulously edited on the basis of current scholarship. The plays in Folger Digital Texts are taken from the Folger Shakespeare Library editions, completed in 2010 by editors Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine and published by Simon & Schuster.

To these texts, we’ve added sophisticated coding that works behind the scenes to make the plays easy to read, search, and index—and lays the groundwork for new features in the future. We’ve also used the same page numbers and layouts as in the Folger print editions, so it’s simple to use the two together.

News API

Their description:

Access worldwide news programmatically. Get breaking news headlines, and search for articles from over 5,000 news sources and blogs with our news API.

The Guardian Open Platform

Their description:

Our API stores all articles, images, audio and videos dating back to 1999. The Open Platform is a public web service for accessing all the content the Guardian creates, categorised by tags and section.

New York Times API

Their description:

Our APIs (application programming interfaces) allow you to programmatically access New York Times data for use in your own applications. Our goal is to facilitate a wide range of uses, from custom link lists to complex visualizations. Why just read the news when you can hack it?

NYT currently has eleven public APIs: Archive, Article Search, Books, Community, Geographic, Most Popular, Movie Reviews, Semantic, Times Newswire, TimesTags, and Top Stories.

Recovering the Classics

A collection of classic book covers. See:

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 54,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.


Gitenberg is a collaborative, open source community curating and publishing highly usable and attractive ebooks in the public domain. Our books are free to use by anyone for any purpose. They contain detailed metadata and are accessible in a wide variety of formats.

43,000 Public domain books


Fetch data from Spotify Catalog: Tracks, Albums, Artists, Users, etc. Note: There are a number of audiobooks in their catalog.