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Finland's Central Art Archives putting its collection of Daniel Nyblin glass negatives on public release

To mark the Open Knowledge Festival week (17.–22.9.2012), the Finnish National Gallery’s Central Art Archives is issuing a data set comprising its unique collection of glass negatives by prominent early photographer Daniel Nyblin (1856–1923), plus descriptive information.

The Central Art Archives is a diversified information centre which collects and stores material on the visual arts, focusing on Finland. This will be the first time it makes any of its database content publicly available.

Daniel Nyblin was born in Norway but in 1875 moved to Finland, where he became one of the country’s leading and most productive photographers around the turn of the 19th century. As well as photographing people and scenery, he recorded on glass negatives what were often newly completed or first-exhibited Finnish art works. It is specifically these items, dating from 1879 to 1904, that form the Archives' Nyblin collection.

For each work, a new digital negative was produced by photographing Nyblin’s original glass; in each case, a positive was then produced of the whole image. The data set will be made accessible on September, 17th, 2012.

Artists’ works still covered by copyright cannot be included in an open-access data set. The data set now made available will be published under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA3.0) license.

Material to be published

The released material includes images and metadata. Notice, metadata is in Finnish. The packet free for download comprise

Publication history

17.9.2012 - first release
13.2.2013 - update of the image package


The present data set is being issued under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA3.0) license.

This allows the Nyblin material to be copied, distributed and transmitted. It also permits its use in adaptation and in the production of new works, also for commercial purposes. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same licence, viz CC BY-SA 3.0, or one similar.

For more details

Intendent Hanna-Leena Paloposki, Finnish National Gallery / Archive and Library, tel. +358 294 500 203,