The Culture Grid is designed to do two things. Firstly, it pulls together information from the thousands of museum, archive and library websites and databases. Secondly, it serves this information up to media partners such as Google and the BBC to ensure that it is available to as wide an audience as possible.
Culture Grid aggregates content from a growing variety of cultural institutions. Current contributors are listed on the detailed search page :
http://culturegrid.org.uk/discover/advanced. Some specific sub-collections available via culture-grid are:
Beamish Treasures, Bede's World, Bowes Museum, Collect Britain, Collections Base, Commanet, Cornucopia, Cornucopia, DiadEM, Cornucopia Egyptology, Cornucopia Familia, Cornucopia Inspire, Cornucopia London Libraries,
Dorset Coast Digital Archive,
Durham County Council,
Exploring 20th Century London,
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service,
Florence Nightingale Museum,
Burgh House and Hampstead Museum,
Bruce Castle Museum (Haringey),
London Transport Museum,
Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture,
Museum of London,
Redbridge Local Studies,
World Rugby Museum,
Folk Archive Resource North East,
Geffrye Museum Test,
Kirklees Image Archive,
Manchester City Galleries,
Michael UK DCollections,
Michael UK Institutions,
Michael UK PCollections,
Michael UK Projects,
Michael UK Service,
Picture the Past,
Sense of Place South East,
Tyne and Wear Imagine
The Culture Grid content is best thought of, like most repositories, as a constantly expanding stream of content rather than something that is versioned in discrete chunks. Access is via the OAIPMH protocol which can be used to download the full set of culture grid records, and to obtain change-sets of records updated since the last OAI harvest.
Content is aggregated and preserved from a number of host organisations and services and made public by the grid. Culture-Grid itself acts as a referetory and is trying to clarify licensing with each data provider. Generally, the metadata is freely available although the content the metadata points back to will be licensed differently. Each individual metadata record has a license property. By default CG Content is licensed CC-nc-nd license, but users should check on a per record basis. It is possible to filter searches by license (dcterms.license). For OAI, developers would need to check license by license. Use of OAI to gather updates would alert harvesters to re-licensed records.
The Copyright statement on the site most likely refers to the site content rather than the culture grid content.