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API terms and conditions

These are the Terms of Use that developers agree to when they use the Auckland Museum API as at February 2017. Contact us if you would like to discuss any aspect of these terms.

Auckland Museum API terms (non commercial use metadata)

These terms specify how developers can use Auckland Museum metadata for non-commercial use.

Please be aware that the Auckland Museum API Terms of Use extend only to metadata as specified in the respective Definitions section.

Copyright objects and images

If you wish to use any object or image, that is not openly licensed, then we encourage you to contact the appropriate content owners for their permission. See our Rights and Permissions page for more.

Culturally-sensitive material

Certain information held within our database is culturally sensitive, we ask that you treat it with respect. Please contact us to seek permission to reproduce culturally sensitive material. See the Taonga Māori section of our Rights and Permissions page for more.


1. In these terms of use:

"Auckland Museum" means the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the website,;

Auckland Museum API means the Auckland Museum Application Programming Interface;

"metadata" means any information (text, images or otherwise, including small thumbnail images) that describes attributes and characteristics of digital content, whether in structured and standard ways or in less structured ways through the use of general descriptions and tagging, and whether at the individual content item level or at the level of a group of content items; for the purposes of these API terms, metadata also includes statistical information available through search queries using the Auckland Museum API.

Agreement to terms

2. The Auckland Museum API enables people and organisations to retrieve Auckland Museum metadata. Persons and organisations wishing to use the Auckland Museum API are required to agree to these API terms prior to retrieving this metadata. The terms constitute a binding agreement with Auckland Museum that governs the use of the Auckland Museum API.


3. If you are retrieving Auckland Museum's metadata on behalf of a company or other organisation, you represent that you have the authority to bind that company or organisation.

Access and use rights

4. By accessing our API, you may:

(a) copy, use and distribute metadata available through the Auckland Museum API for the purposes of your own websites and applications (whether desktop or mobile in nature), for non-commercial purposes, provided you comply with all requirements set out in these API terms. If you do not comply with these requirements, your limited licence under this clause will automatically terminate. Without limitation, your attention is drawn to clauses 6-8 (Live access and caching), 9 (Attribution), 10-11 (API calls) and 15 (Prohibited use).

Password restricted site access

5. If you are displaying Auckland Museum metadata retrieved via the Auckland Museum API on or through a website or application that requires registration you must, on request by Auckland Museum or any metadata contributor, provide a logon to the website or application to Auckland Museum or the metadata contributor, without charge.

Live access and caching

6. Subject to clause 7 below, when you wish to serve Auckland Museum metadata to or through websites or applications, you are required to make real-time calls directly to the Auckland Museum API on each occasion and to display the retrieved data on or through those websites or applications as soon as possible upon your system's receipt of the retrieved data. (The reason for this requirement is that Auckland Museum metadata is updated regularly.)

7. The only exception to the requirement in clause 6 above is where you wish to enable offline functionality for your website or application, or where making real-time calls would negatively affect the performance of your service, in which case you may cache Auckland Museum metadata retrieved via the Auckland Museum API for up to 30 days.

8. If metadata is removed from Auckland Museum or is no longer able to be viewed by the general public, you must ensure it is removed from your website or application as soon as possible.


9. If you display metadata retrieved via the Auckland Museum API on or through another website or application, you must state that your website or application uses data sourced from Auckland Museum and include a link to

API calls

10. You are limited to 1,000 API calls per day. Please contact to discuss higher rate limits.

11. Auckland Museum reserves the right to increase or decrease this API call limit at its sole discretion.


12. Auckland Museum disclaims and excludes all liability for any claim, loss, demand or damages of any kind (including for negligence) arising out of or in connection with your use of the Auckland Museum API or the metadata accessible via the Auckland Museum API.

13. The inclusion of links to third party sites does not imply any endorsement of the linked website or its content or provider.

14. Auckland Museum will not be responsible for any disruption to the Auckland Museum API or for loss or corruption of any information whilst in transit or when downloaded onto any website or application from the Auckland Museum API.

Prohibited use

15. You must not use or attempt to use the Auckland Museum API or any Auckland Museum metadata or other content:

(a) in connection with or to promote any products, services or materials that are:

(i) viruses, spyware, malware or other malicious code;

(ii) tobacco, tobacco products or gambling; or

(iii) counterfeit goods;

(b) in any manner that is, or that promotes conduct that is, illegal or otherwise obscene, indecent, pornographic or objectionable; or

(c) in any manner that infringes the rights of any other person.


16. You agree to indemnify and hold Auckland Museum harmless for any loss, liability, claim, demand, damage or expense (including reasonable legal fees and costs) arising from your breach of these terms of use.

Reserved rights

17. Auckland Museum reserves the right:

(a) to release new versions of the Auckland Museum API from time to time and require you to use the most recent version;

(b) to withdraw or terminate access to the Auckland Museum API where it believes that a user is:

(i) acting contrary to these terms of use; or

(ii) providing a website or application that is enabling others to act in a manner that is either contrary to these terms of use or is bringing or could bring Auckland Museum or any contributor of metadata to Auckland Museum into disrepute; and

(c) to otherwise terminate your access to, or discontinue, the Auckland Museum API at any time, for any reason and at its sole discretion.


18. We may revise these terms of use at any time. Any such revisions will take effect once notified through a post on the site detailing the respect(s) in which the terms have changed.

Governing law

19. These terms are governed by and to be construed in accordance with the laws of New Zealand and you agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.

Derived from the DigitalNZ API terms (Non Commercial Use Metadata), June 2013 - with modifications. / CC BY