Most people will see just a blank screen when they open a new tab or window in their browser. At best there are some recently opened or favourited websites and a search box. This could be much more interesting! That’s why we have teamed up with Studio Parkers and Sara Kolster to develop a ++Plug-inAlso called extension or add-on. Install the plugin! for web browsers that shows you enticing, inspiring paintings or photographs from the rich collection of Europeana in new tabs.++Good examplesWe had some good examples of similar plugins such as the Google Art Project that shows material from the Google Cultural Collection, or Meow Met, showing a cat picture from the MoMA collection in every new tab.
Europeana.eu is a platform that brings together digitised heritage of more than 3,300 cultural and academic institutions across Europe. From the Night Watch to a 18th-century corset, from photos to paintings by Michelangelo. At this time, the database of Europeana contains approximately 30 million images, of which 200 thousand meet the (technical) quality ++Technical criteriaOnly high-resolution images (> 4MP) with a license that allows reuse, in landscape mode and with a maker who is not anonymous pass the selection. In addition, a direct link to the work must be available. for Art Up Your Tab. A mere third of these comes from Dutch heritage institutions, so we do well as a country in providing high-res material.
In the first version of Art Up Your Tab, we focus on Dutch heritage institutions in the database of Europeana. We created a varied selection of interesting images. Later, we hope to transfer the curation of images to EuropeanaThe purpose of Art Up Your Tab is to inspire Internet users, to surprise, inform and get them acquainted with the rich collection of European heritage in the familiar surroundings of their browser – without additional time or effort. for example, or to heritage institutions which offer material through Europeana. People who work closely with the collections will probably have original ideas for themes or storylines that could link the images together.
Viewing heritage made easy
The purpose of Art Up Your Tab is to inspire Internet users, to surprise, inform and get them acquainted with the rich collection of European heritage in the familiar surroundings of their browser – without additional time or effortAll images are presented in full screen, without any text, as soon as you open a new tab.. This way, we are trying to integrate cultural heritage in the everyday activities of people and to increase the visibility of digital heritage collections.++Access to cultural heritageKennisland has been working since 2007 to provide better access to cultural heritage, for example in the project Images for the Future.
Read more about the image (if you want to)
Before you know it, you’ll be browsing beautiful images from Europeana for half an hour while you just wanted to open a new tab!
Art Up Your Tab is made possible with support from the Network Digital Heritage.