Licensing, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Use

Not-for-Profit Use

This database is a free-to-access, not-for-profit application or service built around aggregated data from supporting institutions. It does not use advertising revenue or sponsorship to help cover operational costs. It will not  use the data to provide a  for-profit service to users, nor will it use its dataset in a product that may later be commercialised.


Several methods of collection were employed to create this online collection. We’d like to acknowledge some of the contributors and sources we tapped.

The Horniman Museum gave us express permission to use their images and were incredibly gracious and helpful in integrating their data with the site. The Horniman retains rights to the data and images presented here.

Early on we added the Victoria & Albert collection and the Pitt Rivers collection, after they graciously gave us permission to use their material, to the database by the painstaking process of copying and pasting. The Pitt-Rivers and the V&A retain their rights to the material. Later, with the assistance of a number of hearty grad students, we constructed by hand the materials of the British Museum where a Creative Commons license was indicated.

For the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we primarily used their excellent API, which was the clearest and most user friendly of data fetchers we used. We loved their integration of practical examples placed within the documentation. 

We also used the Europeana database to populate the database with Creative Commons content. For the Museum of Ethnography Stockholm, we used a combined technique of scraping and api access to compile their collection of over a hundred objects.

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum generously provided a detailed spreadsheet and permission to use their data and images as did the Vienna Museum of Ethnology. Both institutions retain their rights to the material.

All other items found on the site are being used under Creative Commons

Please note that we do not own any of the rights to the material. If you would like to republish them or reuse them in any way, please refer to the link to the original material provided on each item page and follow the guidance provided by the individual institution.

Privacy Policies

We have no advertising on the site nor are we using any elements provided by third party social media companies such as Facebook or Twitter and therefore are not using any third party cookies. We are embedding data visualisations  from our friends at Flourish, but they do not use any cookies with their content.

We are using Matomo to keep track of public usage and analyse for site improvements. We do set a cookie to identify returning users but such data is fully anonymised and is unrelated to any personally identifiable information. All the data collected is held on our servers and is not shared with any other business or service and will never be. 

We retain email addresses and names sent to us via contact forms indefinitely but will delete such data on request. Simply send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Delete my info” and we will send you a confirmation of such action within a few days.

Terms of use

Mapping Philippine Material Culture website is run by the the Mapping team (Dr. Ma. Cristina Martinez-Juan, SOAS, et. al.) and provides a digital access point to publicly available collections outside of the Philippines.

This material is provided to the Mapping site by a large number of contributing institutions and organisations. Certain organisations have given the Mapping site rights to publish, but have retained their rights more broadly. Except where rights are clearly  indicated, it is best to check the links provided back to organisations websites and follow their terms of republication. 

Notice and Takedown

Mapping Philippine Material Culture is not the owner of the copyrights to the metadata, the previews or the digitised cultural heritage to which these metadata or previews refer. This information has been provided to the Mapping site by a large number of contributing institutions and organisations. These data providers have ensured the Mapping site that the owners of these rights have agreed to the publication of their works under the applicable conditions as referred to above. However, we cannot guarantee that this is always correct. If you think that anything published on Mapping Philippine Material Culture infringes your rights, you may report this to Europeana by emailing [email protected].

Liability Disclaimer

Mapping Philippine Material Culture does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the website and its content.

Except to the extent required by applicable law, in no event will Mapping Philippine Material Culture be liable on any legal theory for any special, incidental, consequential, punitive or exemplary damages arising out of the use of the website or its content. In particular, it will not be liable for the following:

Accuracy, completeness, etc. of the website or its content; Any infringement of privacy, publicity or other rights, including infringement of copyrights to metadata, previews or other content made available on the Mapping Philippine Material Culture under conditions that were not approved by the right holder; Any use by third parties that goes beyond the rights expressed in these terms of use.

These terms of use

By exercising any rights to the website or its content on grounds of these terms of use, you accept and agree to be bound to these terms of use. The Mapping team reserves the right to amend these terms of use.

These terms of use are governed by the laws of the United Kingdom.

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