This week a large set of images from the Dutch Atlas of Mutual Heritage project have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, making them openly available to the wider public. The Atlas of Mutual Heritage is a database containing old maps, prints, illustrations and data from the 17th and 18th century about settlements of the Dutch East & West Indian Company (VOC and WIC). It was created in cooperation with the Dutch Rijksmuseum, Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed, the National Library and the National Archives of the Netherlands and is continuously expanding.
The current release to Wikimedia Commons consists of over 2500 images with metadata from the collections of the National Library and the National Archives of the Netherlands. The images are all geolocated and contain extensive descriptions in English and Dutch, making it into a valuable resource for research into the colonial past of the Netherlands. They have been released under a CC0 license, as part of the open data policy that both institutes are increasingly aiming for. This set of images has been chosen as one of the first open data releases on Wikimedia Commons because of its value for areas such as socio-cultural history, history of architecture, restoration of overseas monuments, colonial history and art history.
More information on the release is available from the Dutch press release and from the Wikimedia Commons website: the images can be accessed here. The set has also been added to the OpenGLAM overview of Open Collections.