Wikipedia and Europeana combo mockup

UPDATE: It’s come to my attention that one of the paintings below isn’t by Matisse. Free virtual beer to the first commenter who identifies the odd painting out!

Once more a little test-run of the Europeana Image Grid Generator prototype I’ve been blogging about before. The new thing my colleague Jan is working on now is to combine contextual information from Wikipedia with individual works from Europeana. The intended use is mainly to combine information about a person with the works by that person. Of course the concept could be used for subjects, periods and places as well, but I find persons work the best. The idea would then be to offer this as an advanced embed option in the Europeana portal allowing our users to make their own selections of persons and their works and re-publish on their own sites. Since Wikipedia covers so many languages the user could be offered a choice of language for the Wikipedia text.

All output to be pure HTML of course! Take a look at a test result below! What do you think – would a widget and embed code like this be something that you’d be likely to use?

About Henri Matisse

Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse ( 31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.

Find out more about Henri Matisse in Wikipedia

A selection of works by Henri Matisse in Europeana

Find more works by Henri Matisse in Europeana

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4 Responses to Wikipedia and Europeana combo mockup

  1. Jan Ainali says:

    That looks like a reaaly nice widget! I have had several inquiries about such a widget. If the widget is open source so that could be ported to different CMS systems it would be really cool.

    • Let’s see if we can’t release the prototype code into the wild at some point. Open Source is the Europeana default.

      The problem is that during Q1-Q2 access to the Europeana API will remain very tight.

      Will get back on the subject!

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