The ONB Labs are the Austrian National Library's platform for digital collections as data. We offer open digital collections and metadata to promote and inspire research, active experimentation as well as artistic and creative usage.

Among our datasets we provide access to images, texts and metadata that are fully open for you to do whatever you like. We also offer a selection of tools that may support your engagement. The ONB Labs are a dynamically expanding service, which will continuously be revised and extended in correspondence to our users' requirements.

Whether you might need support in accessing the data, whether you have an idea for a useful tool or want to contribute your project to our forum, please contact us. We invite you to share your project or codebase with the Labs community.

In the following topic gallery you can explore projects related to our data sets or tools that may inspire you:

Vote for NewsEye in the

Public Choice Award!

Project honored with European Heritage Award

Results of the CLARIAH-AT project

Esperanto Newspaper Excerpts

Layout analysis and full-text search

Results of the CLARIAH-AT project

Machine Learning and IIIF

Examples for applications of machine learning for IIIF ressources

We present the results of the

ONB Labs Art Program 22/23

Explore four new artworks in our virtual art space

We celebrate the release of the

Annolyzer Platform

A digital investigator for historical newspapers

Newspapers and aerial photographs become art

Visit our Artspace

The results of our Web Residency 2022 are now available in our Artspace

Austrian newspapers in turbulent times

A digital comparison

Analysis using topic modelling

Use Python & ML to

Colorize Historical Postcards

Use pretrained models and train your own

A retrospective of the

ONB Labs Symposium 2021

Program summary and speakers' presentations inside

ONB Labs proudly present the

Digital Pasetti Map

We have digitally stitched together the historical map of the Danube

Photo: Austrian National Library

See the results of the Web Residency

In our Artspace

The project "Cryptographics" is now available in our new Artspace

Locate and Enrich Travelogues


Historical Travelogues in Our Archives

Exploring dramatic networks

Using Metadata

Analysis of Drama Corpus Between 1600-1815

View synthetic postcards generated by


Gene Kogan and Sofia Crespo Trained a Neural Network With Our Postcards Data

Listen to measurment tables

Winner of the ONB Labs Challenge 2019

Measurements are Artificial Perception

Learn more about GLAM Labs

ONB Labs co-authored a book

Open a GLAM Lab

ONB Labs support your project

Do you need help?

Bring Your Project

To glean what you missed

ONB Labs Symposium 2019

Download Presentations

Photo: Austrian National Library

Use Python and Plotly to

Explore Financial News

Explore the History of Financial News

Photo: Monika Kovarova-Simecek

Use Python and IIIF to

Analyse Colors

Colors of Historical Postcards

Use Metadata to

Create an AV-Performance

Audiovisual Performance "Into Our Sun"

Use Metadata Filters to

Search for Sceneries

Scenery in Postcards

Use Python to

Analyse Historical Newspapers

Languages in Our Historical Newspapers

Use an Image Cropper to

Chop Up Christoph Steiner's Ties

Christoph Steiner's Ties

Photo: Austrian National Library