Open data

This dataset about UGent professors between 1817 and 2012 is available as open data, with an Open Data Commons Open Database License attached. You are free to copy, distribute and use the database; to produce works from the database; to modify, transform and build upon the database. As long as you attribute the data to the source, publish your adapted database with ODbL license and keep the dataset open.

“Open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose.”

In line with our mission as a University, we require that you preserve openness for future generations and give the creators of the content full credits.


Identifiers and permanent hyperlinks

Each entry in the dataset has a unique identifier, which is also part of the link. The hyperlink "" together with the identifier can be used as a persistent URI for this resource.

Where available, the VIAF author identifier has been added to each name, to link this dataset to other bibliographic data.

Using the institutional identifiers, we have included links to the UGent phonebook, UGent institutional repository and the Ghent University Library collections.

ORCID identifiers will be added to the UGent Institutional Repository, starting 2016. As the data collection progresses, these identifiers will appear in this dataset as well.


External hyperlinks

Where available, entries have been enriched with hyperlinks to the respective lemma in any of these biographical reference works:


Data downloads

This dataset is authored in MARC Authorities format and refreshed daily. All details about this format are available online from the Library of Congress. Many free tools exist to work with MARC data, we would suggest you try Catmandu.

  • Download latest MARC records in Aleph Sequential format.
  • Alternative formats can be added here.



If you reuse this dataset, include our identifiers with the full URI, thus attributing the dataset to the source.

If you publish about this dataset, you can reference this dataset as follows:

Christophe Verbruggen, Gita Deneckere, e.a. “UGentMemorialis. Biographical data of UGent professors between 1817 and 2012 [Dataset]”.