The Ministry of Culture, in partnership with the Prime Minister's office (beta.gouv.fr), is putting "POP", the open heritage platform, online in order to make French cultural heritage data accessible to as many people as possible.
The Open Heritage Platform is a new tool for managing the Ministry's cultural data.
It has two components :
- A production platform, which allows for the provision of metadata (images, photographs, descriptive or regulatory information); Accessible here
- A platform for the dissemination of this data, accessible to the general public: https://www.pop.culture.gouv.fr/.
This platform is a new tool for sharing and exchange. Internet users will find, in an attractive and user-friendly form, more than 3.3 million records from the Ministry's historical databases: Palissy and Mérimée databases (movable or monumental heritage protected as Historic Monuments or studied by the Regional Inventory Services), Mona Lisa database (collections of the Museums of France), MNR-Rose Valland database (catalogue of works of art recovery), Memory database (photographic images). Other databases will join POP in the coming months.
Conceived and developed within the framework of a State start-up supported by the Prime Minister's office, POP is intended to replace the former database system of the Ministry of Culture, which has been in use since the 1970s.
POP offers several types of search, responding to all types of queries, from the broadest to the most precise: a free search, a faceted search, a cartographic search, an expert search.