New York City History Day: Hacking NYC Historical Collections
Ben Vershbow, founder and manager of NYPL Labs, will talk about his team's recent experiments in digitization, data mining and community engagement around New York City historical collections. The talk will tour a range of experimental projects, each involving surprising transformations of library material (such as maps, photographs, phone directories, menus, playbills etc.), often undertaken in direct collaboration with "crowds" of enthusiasts and researchers online. Taken together, these projects sketch a vision for 21st century libraries as platforms for collaborative knowledge creation and innovation, and as data clearinghouses for digital researchers and creators.