City of Edinburgh Council

Open Data Portal


Edinburgh Council is crowd-sourcing new open data with Edinburgh Collected is the Council’s newest digital service, an open source and open data product built in partnership with Nesta UK and with Edinburgh Council’s Libraries and ICT departments. It presents a groundbreaking new approach to sharing memories of Edinburgh’s people and places from past and present.

Like many other heritage organisations, Edinburgh Libraries was facing the issue of sourcing photographs to expand their collection into the future. Where in the past boxes of photos were donated, images are now far more likely to be published online through Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest.

Edinburgh Collected is an answer to this challenge – an online hub giving both local people and anyone around the world with a love of Edinburgh the opportunity to make their photographs part of the city’s heritage collection, by sharing their family, friends, city and holiday photos and personal memories, on the website. Anyone can join, as an individual or a group, and publish their own photos but also make scrapbooks browsing from any image on the site.

All of these images are open data, openly available to be viewed and shared through social media, and for re-use. This new service is:

  • sharing existing open data from our Capital Collections
  • a digital repository
  • crowd-sourcing new heritage data
  • writing and sharing newly produced open data
  • offering a platform and digital support to organisations and groups across the city for their own heritage data
  • offering a platform that’s shareable and reusable


There is an API available through our data store, for developers to take a look at this product.

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