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NYPL Labs Remix Residency


UPDATE (3/30/16): Due to the number of applications under review, we will now be notifying Remix Residency semifinalists by April 8, 2016. Finalists will be notified by the end of April.

NYPL Labs is pleased to announce our first Remix Residency, designed to spur transformative, interesting, beautiful new uses of our digital collections.

We have been digitizing our collections for many years, but digitization is just the start—the real magic happens when these collections make their way into the hands of scholars, educators, technologists, and creators of all types.

Amazing things can happenAnything can happen!

Building on the momentum of a recent residency with Electric Objects and our current residency with Triple Canopy, we are pleased to open this call for proposals, asking what beautiful, inspiring, and engaging things can be made from our public domain collections.

We are seeking submissions for projects that provide new ways of looking at or presenting public domain materials—or allow access to the information or beauty currently locked within the static images we’ve digitized. Submissions may include:

  • Mappings
  • Visualizations
  • Generative Art
  • Games
  • Bots
  • Interactives

Submissions for proposals should be substantial—think bigger than one GIF—yet able to be completed by the term of the residency (end of June 2016).

Selection Committee

We have assembled an amazing cross-disciplinary panel of  experts to review submissions.

  • Paul Ford (@ftrain),  Writer, editor, programmer. Founding partner, Postlight
  • Giorgia Lupi (@giorgialupi), Information designer. Co-founder and design director at Accurat
  • Shannon Mattern (@shannonmattern), Associate Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School
  • Chrys Wu (@MacDiva), Developer Advocate, The New York Times

They will be joined by expert staff -- curators, designers, and technologists --  from NYPL.

How it works

  • Fill out our submission form by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 19, 2016 February 26, 2016.
  • Our panel of experts  will review submissions and two winners will be chosen by Friday, March 11, 2016 March 18, 2016.
  • Recipients of the NYPL Labs Remix Residency will receive:
    • A $2,000 stipend
    • An opportunity to meet and consult with NYPL curators and NYPL Labs staff
    • A work space in one of our research study rooms at NYPL's historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for the duration of the residency
    • Promotion of finished work by NYPL Labs
  • Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    • Creativity and engagement: Is the project re-using NYPL public domain materials in an engaging way that we haven't seen before?
    • New perspective and usability: Will this project help users see the collections in new ways, by recontextualizing, remixing, or recombining the collection?
    • Feasibility: Is the project scaled and scoped so that it can be completed during the duration of the residency?

Surprise us! Delight us! Apply now!

Resources & Reuseable Collections

Other things to consider

  • You may apply as an individual or a small, collaborative team.
  • You are welcome to submit more than one application.
  • NYPL collections should be included in your submission, but can absolutely be one source among others! Connections to other collections would be a great outcome, in fact.
  • Although space to work at the Library is a perk of the award, it is not required to physically be in residence at the library; residencies can be "virtual."
  • Eligibility: Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years as of January 31, 2016 may apply.


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About NYPL Labs

Based both at the Library's landmark central branch on 42nd Street and at its cutting-edge services center in Long Island City, NYPL Labs is an interdisciplinary team working to reformat and reposition the Library's knowledge for the Internet age. Labs combines core digital library operations (digitization, metadata, permissions/reproductions, etc.) with a publicly engaged tech, design, and outreach team focused on enabling new uses of collections and data, collaborating with users on the creation of digital resources and applying new technologies to library problem solving.

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